Ja Morant’s risky off-court actions have the potential to ruin the Grizzlies’ season. The star guard might also have to pay a sizable sum of money.
Ja Morant is apparently in a treatment program in Florida, working on making changes in his life after appearing on an Instagram Live video, flashing a revolver in a Colorado strip club. It is unclear when Morant will be able to or allowed to return to the team after missing the last five games.
Ja Morant might lose out on being selected for the All-NBA, as Nate Duncan noted. And if he didn’t receive that award, he might miss out on a contract incentive worth tens of millions of dollars.
How much money would Ja Morant lose if he doesn’t make All-NBA?
Per Duncan’s calculations, missing All-NBA would cost Morant just under $40 million in additional earnings over the next few years. A player who makes an All-NBA team twice in their first four seasons is eligible for a supermax extension, which is the higher dollar figure Duncan is referencing.
Morant made second-team All-NBA last season and seemed like a likely selection this year before the past few weeks. All-NBA teams are not divided by conferences which means there are only six guard slots available. Donovan Mitchell and Luka Doncic seem like possible locks for the first team, which would mean Morant would need to steal one of four remaining slots from a field that could include, Steph Curry, Damian Lillard, James Harden, Tyrese Haliburton, Kyrie Irving, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Trae Young and Devin Booker.