Grizzlies receive crushing Ja Morant news after first win streak of season

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three
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Just when things seemed to be turning around for this struggling Memphis Grizzlies team, the franchise has been reeled back into an unenviable place of despair with a recent report regarding superstar Ja Morant.

Following the club's Friday night triumph over the Dallas Mavericks, a victory that sealed their first win streak of the season, ESPN's Baxter Holmes came out with a report stating that their currently estranged guard has been subpoenaed to testify in court regarding a civil lawsuit related to the alleged assault of 17-year-old Joshua Holloway at Morant's Memphis home back in July 2022.

Grizzlies star Ja Morant has been subpoenaed to testify in court

Along with the Grizzlies stud, his father, mother, long-time friend Davonte Pack, who was initially arrested for the altercation back in July 2023, and other potential witnesses were also subpoenaed. Should things head to trial, a start date could come in April 2024, though Morant's lawyers will attempt to get the case thrown out with a claim that he acted in self-defense.

Currently, the All-NBA talent is serving out a league-issued 25-game suspension though is set to be eligible for a return to action by December 23 which is an event that has many, including star big man Jaren Jackson Jr. believing they could be in line for a "good" month.

While there's no true indication as to whether this subpoena will have an impact on his return, should the case head to trial it could, in theory, force him to miss even more time later on in the season.