There are always deals and deals ahead of the 2022 NBA draft (Sportzshala, Thu, 8:00 pm ET). So far, they have not attracted zoo animals.

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In breaking NBA news on Wednesday, the Memphis Zoo sent Ja Raffe, a 18-month-old male giraffe named after Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant, to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Contrary to earlier reports, the giraffe has not been traded between the two zoos, according to Hogle Zoo officials. The Memphis Zoo will not be returning the animal.

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“[Ja Raffe] was a descendant, so that means it’s likely his parents will continue to breed,” Hogle Zoo’s Marilyn Xiong told Sportzshala. “And when he reaches reproductive age, he will be offered to participate in the species survival program.” , with our two female giraffes, Stephanie and Minka, here at the Hogle Zoo in Utah.”

Giraffe was born in November 2020 in honor of Morant, who was NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2020 season. Morant averaged 17.8 points per game that season. Since then, he has become a league superstar. He averaged 27.4 points per game last season and led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference Semifinals.

When the giraffe’s name was announced, Morant tweeted a toast to the zoo’s new star.

Despite their new animal being named after the Western Conference star player, hometown rival Utah Jazz, the Hogle Zoo has no plans to change the giraffe’s name.

“I think we can have really good opportunities with his Ja Raffe name and we can still continue to have a close connection with his name and Ja Moranta,” Xiong said.