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Ja Morant says he wants $1 million to participate in Dunk Contest

Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 20: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 20, 2019 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Ja Morant can dunk with the best of them in the league — he is throwing off-the-backboard passes to himself in-game for slams.

So are we going to see Morant in the All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest? Nah. Not unless the league wants to give him $1 million to do it, he told Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report in an interview. He doesn’t trust the judging.

Morant makes one very valid point: We are so jaded, so numb to great dunks because we see so many in games now, and they become the focus of social media highlights that we don’t appreciate what the great dunkers do in the Dunk Contest. Guys are throwing down wild dunks in the contest that often get a shrug from fans at home because people feel like they’ve seen better on Instagram three days before.

It sucks not to have a talent like Morant in the Dunk Contest, but he is not alone among the top young players in wanting to put himself out there and subject himself to inconsistent judging and national scrutiny. Unless you want to give him $1 million.