Report: Ja Morant declines dunk-contest invitation

Ja Morant
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Ja Morant is playing incredibly.

He leads the Rookie of the Year race. He has the Grizzlies in playoff position. And he got invited to the dunk contest.

But that last distinction won’t lead anywhere.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

Memphis Grizzlies standout rookie Ja Morant has decided not to participate in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in Chicago next month, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

In a sad way, this is fitting. Morant’s most memorable dunk this season was a miss.

Dwight Howard and Derrick Jones Jr. will reportedly both compete in the dunk contest. Zach LaVine is also reportedly mulling an invitation. With four participants in recent years, that leaves one or two openings.