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Ja Morant pens five-year rookie extension with the Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have locked up their superstar point guard through at least 2027 with a five-year extension worth up to $231M.

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May 7, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) during the fourth quarter of game three of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
D. Ross CameronUSA TODAY Sports

Ja Morant has agreed to a five-year max rookie extension with the Memphis Grizzlies that will pay him at least $193 million over five years. The extension is the largest deal in franchise history and could rise to $231M if Morant makes one of the league’s three All-NBA teams. The deal surpasses the five-year, $153 million contract which Mike Conley signed with Memphis in 2016. “Memphis is my home,” Morant tweeted six minutes after midnight.

Best year so far

Morant took home the NBA’s Most Improved Player award and finished seventh in MVP voting after averaging 27.4 points and 6.7 assists per game this season. He earned his first All-Star appearance and was named second-team All-NBA after helping Memphis to a 56-26 record, matching the 2012-13 team for the most wins in franchise history.

He averaged 21.5 points, 10.5 assists and 8.7 rebounds as the Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in six games in the first round of the playoffs. He also scored a combined 115 points over the first three games in the next round against the eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors, but missed the final three games with a bone bruise in his right knee. He joins Jaren Jackson Jr. as members of the Grizzlies’ young core who are locked into long-term deals. Memphis has one of the league’s youngest rosters, and would appear to be set up to challenge for championships for the next few years.

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