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DRAFT NEWS: Ja Morant to undergo surgery, R.J. Barrett denies Grizzlies a private workout

Intrigue with the presumptive No. 2 and No. 3 picks!

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There was some breaking news this weekend at the top of the draft board which may or may not affect the New York Knicks. Murray State point guard Ja Morant will undergo a minor knee operation Monday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Morant — the projected No. 2 pick in this month’s NBA draft — will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure on his right knee Monday, league sources told ESPN.

Morant is expected to be fully recovered in three to four weeks, sources said.

Woj reiterates that the Memphis Grizzlies, who hold the No. 2 pick in the draft, are locked in on Morant, and this minor procedure shouldn’t do anything to change their minds, but it still bears watching. Outside of the Pelicans picking Zion Williamson at No. 1, nothing about this draft is written in stone.

Meanwhile, presumptive No. 3 pick R.J. Barrett is seemingly doing whatever he can to avoid Memphis. He has already said publicly that he’d prefer to go third to the Knicks or fourth to the Lakers, and he has also denied the Grizzlies’ request for a private workout.

I’m not that high on Barrett, but I feel he’s a better prospect than Morant. And if I were a true Barrett believer, the thought of Memphis changing their minds on draft night would run a chill down my spine. After all, this wouldn’t be the first time a heralded draft pick tried to steer his way to New York, only to get picked one spot early (see: Curry, Steph).