Ja Morant All-NBA and supermax contract: How voting results impact future career earnings with Grizzlies
There are usually a number of players who are impacted more by the end-of-season award results than most.
Ja Morant is one of those players this season.
While Morant is almost a year removed from signing a maximum extension with the Grizzlies, the amount he will earn over the next five seasons was tied to him meeting certain criteria in 2022-23. It wasn't the only way he could maximize his earnings, but his best shot at doing so was making an All-NBA Team.
Now that we know Morant missed out on an All-NBA selection, here's what it means for his future earnings.
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How All-NBA voting results impact Ja Morant's future contract
Morant and the Grizzlies agreed to a five-year extension prior to the 2022-23 season that was projected to be worth a total of $194 million. Because he signed a designated rookie extension, his contract would increase in value from $194 million to $233 million if earned one of the following in the 2022-23 season:
- Most Valuable Player award
- Defensive Player of the Year award
- All-NBA selection
Morant finished seventh in MVP voting in the 2021-22 season, but he earned only one fifth-place vote for the award in 2022-23. The Grizzlies finished this season with the third-best defensive rating in the league, but Morant's teammate Jaren Jackson Jr. was the main reason for their success and was awarded DPOY.
That left All-NBA as Morant's last hope.
Morant's averages of 26.2 points, 8.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game on the No. 2 seeded Grizzlies made him a worthy All-NBA candidate this season, but the six guard spots went to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic (First Team), Donovan Mitchell and Stephen Curry (Second Team), and De'Aaron Fox and Damian Lillard (Third Team).
According to Spotrac's Keith Smith, this is the year-by-year breakdown of Morant's extension compared to what it could have been had he made an All-NBA Team:
|Season||Because Morant didn't make All-NBA||If Morant had made All-NBA|
Ja Morant career earnings
The No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Morant has earned $39.6 million through four seasons of his NBA career. His career earnings will increase to $233.9 million at the end of his extension that kicks in next season.