West Notes: Grizzlies, Ja Morant, Thunder, Pelicans


Police in Glendale, Colorado, are investigating Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant to see if he violated any laws by having a gun in a club within city limits, per Ramona Shelburne and Liz Merrill of ESPN.

Morant is away from the team after an Instagram post showed him displaying a gun in what Shelburne and Merrill reported was a strip club. It is illegal to carry a firearm in Colorado while under the influence of alcohol.

The police did not receive any calls or complaints about Morant, per The Associated Press.

  • Morant could be facing a suspension from the NBA, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. As of now, he has not been officially suspended by the Grizzlies or the league. But he could be away from the team “for the foreseeable future,” Charania said.


Forward Kenrich Williams will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing wrist surgery, the Thunder confirmed in a press release. He suffered the injury a week ago vs. the Kings.

Williams, 28, is 6-foot-6 and averaging 8.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 53 games, shooting 52 percent from the field. This marks his third season with the Thunder after spending his first two with the Pelicans.

Originally undrafted in 2018, Williams signed a multiyear deal with New Orleans in November 2020. He was then immediately traded to the Thunder as part of a four-team deal that sent Steven Adams to the Pelicans.

Williams signed a contract extension with the Thunder in July.


The Pelicans have lost six of seven and at 31-34, now sit in a four-way tie with the Jazz, Trail Blazers and Lakers for ninth in the Western Conference.

“We didn’t get into our offense quick enough,” coach Willie Green told reporters after Monday’s loss to the Kings. “We started walking around on the perimeter.”

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