Memphis Grizzlies star and marquee scorer Ja Morant will be a part of the franchise for a long time to come. After qualifying for his special contract extension, Memphis wasted no time tying his All-Star to a Max deal, and Morant was all too happy to express the gratitude shown. The NBA’s free agency began June 30, and Memphis secured their priority contract in fast-action mode. The 22-year-old star point guard and the team have reportedly agreed on a 5-year extension for a maximum of $193 million. The contract details were reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Morant apparently confirmed the extension himself on the tweeter and said “Memphis is my home.”
The designated Rookie Max expansion has the potential to reach $231 million based on incentives. Ja Morant was drafted in 2019 and has played back-to-back playoffs after a long streak in franchise history. They also had the second best record in the West, surpassing the Warriors, Jazz and Mavs in the conference. Now that their star player has signed onto the franchise, they will look to improve their record in the coming seasons.
The 22-year-old guard rose to NBA superstardom last season and proved to be one of the league’s most electrifying players. The overtime was just a formality for the chosen point guard, who finished seventh in the league MVP poll. It’s the largest contract the Grizzlies have ever signed, surpassing the $153 million maximum deal Mike Conley received in 2016.
The Ja Morant era begins with the Memphis Grizzlies
“Beginning” would be a questionable word in the title given that Ja Morant and Grizzlies have been making a strong push in the west for the last two seasons already. As the winner of the Rookie of the Season award, Morant demonstrated the ability to lead the team deep into the playoffs. He capped the Rookie Award with the Most Improved Player 2022 honor as the team made a tremendous run in the league and set new records for the franchise in the regular season.
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Ja Morant averaged 27.4 points, 6.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, leading Memphis to a franchise-record 56 wins during the 2022 season. In the playoffs, Ja also proved too hot to handle as they outclassed the veteran Minnesota team in 6 games. But Morant’s production was cut short with a bone contusion that forced him to miss the final three games of the Grizzlies series against eventual champions Golden State Warriors.
But now it looks like he’ll have a lot more time to work magic in Memphis. Morant was a second-team All-NBA selection last season and made the All-Star Game. With Morant, the Grizzlies are poised to be a Western Conference contender next season and beyond.
Ja Morant’s game cemented him as one of the game’s young superstars despite missing 25 games through injury. He quickly gained popularity and established himself as a franchise player in his rookie season. Yes Morant himself hilariously tweeted the deal,
The Murray State prodigy wants to make an even bigger impact with the young and talented team at his side. He remained a starter throughout his NBA career, averaging 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists per game in 187 games played. News of Ja Morant’s extension follows the Grizzlies re-signing his backup point guard, Tyus Jones, to a 2-year, $30 million term earlier in the evening.
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