Sources: Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant will not participate in Slam Dunk Contest

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.

Maintaining good health for the duration of the season is his main priority, sources said.

Morant, the No. 2 overall pick, has been cautious in his recovery from back spasms that occurred as a result of crashing into a baseline camera operator in November.

The 6-foot-3 point guard out of Murray State has had some of the league’s most jaw-dropping dunks this season, and fans wanted to see his skills on display in the contest.

The good news: Morant hasn’t ruled out participating in future contests, sources said. 

The Rookie of the Year favorite is averaging 18 points, 3.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists in 35 games this season. He leads all rookies in points and assists per game.

Grizzlies guard Ja Morant is one of the NBA's top young high-flyers. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

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