Deals and trades can always be made before the deadline(ESPN, Thursday 8 p.m. ET). They have not yet included zoo animals.
According to Wednesday's NBA news, Ja Raffe was shipped by the Memphis Zoo. He is a male giraffe that has been named after him for over a year.superstar To the Hogle Zoo Salt Lake City, Utah.
Officials at the Hogle Zoo have confirmed that the giraffe wasn't traded between the two zoos contrary to previous reports. Memphis Zoo will not be receiving an animal back.
“[Ja Raffe] Marilyn Hsiung, from the Hogle Zoo, stated that the offspring was an offspring. Therefore, it is more likely that his parents will continue reproducing.” “And when he reaches breeding age, he may be invited to the Species Survival Program together with Stephanie and Minka, our female giraffes here at Utah Zoo.”
Breaking: Ja Raffe was officially traded from Memphis Zoo to Utah Zoo's Hogle Zoo🦒
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 22, 2022
TheTo honor Morant, who was named NBA Rookie-of-the Year for the 2020 season. Morant was scoring 17.8 points per game that season. He has been a star in the league since then. He averaged 27.4 point per game last season and helped the Grizzlies reach the Western Conference Semifinals.
Morant used Twitter to praise the new star of the zoo when the name was revealed for the giraffe.
“Ja”raffe was born a legend ‼️🦒
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) November 19, 2020
Their newest animal was named after a star player from the Western Conference, despite the fact that he is a rival to the hometown.The Hogle Zoo doesn't plan to change the name for the giraffe.
Hsiung indicated that “I believe we may have some really great opportunities with his surname Ja Raffe, but we can still maintain a strong connection to his name and Ja Morant.”