Ja Morant says he is good playing in Memphis, “I’m going to be happy where I’m at”

Kurt Helin
NBC Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies are going to draft Murray State point guard Ja Morant No. 2 in the June NBA Draft. That obviously is not official, but it might as well be.

Is Morant happy with that, or would he rather be taken by New York (third) or Los Angeles (fourth)?

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He’s good in Memphis, he told David Cobb of the Commercial-Appeal.

“It’ll be the same. If a team drafts me, big market or small market, it doesn’t matter,” Morant told reporters at the NBA combine in Chicago this week. “I’m going to be happy where I’m at.”

What does he know about Memphis?

“I just know Memphis Grizzlies basketball and that’s it,” Morant said. “If you ask me about Chicago, I know Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. It’s just that I’ve never been to places like that and I’m a big basketball guy, so I would probably know basketball.”

He’ll quickly learn to talk about the good people, good music, and great barbecue of Memphis.

Memphis has the makings of a good rebuild started, the kind of team the city can get behind. Jaren Jackson missed some time this season but showed how he could be as good as anybody in his draft class when he played, playing inside and out on offense and as a shot blocker on defense. Morant can be the athletic point guard of the future. They will trade Mike  Conley for other good young players/picks on that same timeline.

This is going to be a fun team for the next few years as they develop. The fans in Memphis are going to love this group.

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