NBA Draft 2019: Ja Morant to have knee scoped, report says

Ja Morant, the presumptive No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft later this month, will have a procedure Monday on his right knee to remove a “loose body,” ESPN reported Saturday.

ESPN’s sources referred to the surgical procedure as “a minor scope” and indicated Morant will need three to four weeks to recover fully.

Morant, a 6-foot-3 point guard, raised his profile considerably during the NCAA Tournament when he registered a triple-double (17 points, 16 assists, 11 rebounds) in Murray State’s first-round win over Marquette and he followed it up with 28 points in the Racers’ loss to Florida State. Morant was a combined 7-for-8 from 3-point range in those two games.

The Grizzlies have the second pick in the draft. The Pelicans, with the first pick, are expected to select Duke’s Zion Williamson.

The Pelicans, Grizzlies and Knicks, who have the third pick, have been notified of Morant’s situation, ESPN reported.

Morant declared for the draft after his sophomore season at Murray State. He averaged 12.7 points per game as a freshman and 25.4 as a sophomore while leading the NCAA in assists (10.0).

The 2019 NBA Draft is June 20 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.