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The Memphis Grizzlies have placed all their focus on Murray State point guard Ja Morant ahead of the June 20 draft, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
The Grizzlies own the No. 2 overall selection, one spot behind the New Orleans Pelicans. In the event the Pelicans don’t pull one of the all-time shockers, they will go with Duke forward Zion Williamson.
That leaves the Grizzlies to decide between Morant and, supposedly, Duke wing R.J. Barrett.
But as Givony reported, “barring the unexpected,” Morant is the Grizzlies’ man and they are “informing parties” of the decision at this week’s NBA Combine, which begins Thursday in Chicago.
If the report is indeed true and not just some sort of smokescreen, that will leave Barrett for the New York Knicks with the third overall pick.
A report earlier Wednesday suggested the Phoenix Suns may try to trade up in hopes of drafting Morant.
The Grizzlies are still seeking a head coach after firing J.B. Bickerstaff at the end of the regular season.