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“A $50K night in the club cost him $39M”: Ja Morant massive contract fallout surfaces in wake of scandals

Ja Morant has quickly become a superstar. The Memphis Grizzlies guard has a unique skill set and is often the most gifted athlete on the basketball court on any given night.

His high-flying slam dunks have taken the internet by storm over the past couple of years, and he has helped lift his team to multiple playoff appearances and a division title. Last July, the Grizzlies rewarded Morant with a five-year supermax contract extension.

The contract included incentives which entitled Morant to nearly a quarter-billion dollars if he met certain thresholds this season.

While Morant is an exceptional basketball player, his off-court behavior has been problematic. Due to all the controversies that he’s been involved in, the 23-year-old superstar could lose at least $39 million from his contract with the Grizzlies.

“I feel like in the past we didn’t know what was at stake,”

Morant said during a sit-down interview with ESPN’s 

The 2-time All-Star also had his Powerade ad taken down, although Coca-Cola has not yet terminated his contract.

The troubled star agreed to a contract extension with the Memphis Grizzlies last summer. The extension includes five more years on his contract and up to $233 million.

However, Ja Morant’s contract with Memphis includes incentives that boost his payday. If he makes an All-NBA team, he will receive $233 million from his contract. Without this achievement, he will $194 million over the 5-year period.

If it wasn’t for all the controversies he’s been involved in, Morant would have been a lock for an All-NBA team.

However, there is a good chance that he won’t return in the regular season, which would make his All-NBA selection very difficult.

If he plays in every remaining game after he returns from his suspension, Morant would finish the season with 65 games played.

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Written by Jamil Johnson