The Memphis Grizzlies and forward Jaren Jackson Jr. have agreed to a four-year, $105 million rookie contract extension, a source told The Athletic, confirming an ESPN report. The deal comes ahead of the NBA’s 6 p.m. ET deadline for rookie extensions.
Included in Jackson's deal are protections for the Grizzlies in case Jackson gets hurt again, allowing them to save some or all of the money they'd owe him — sources told The Athletic. Jackson missed most of last season after tearing the meniscus in his left knee in the NBA bubble in the summer of 2020.
Yossi Gozlan: Will need to see if there’s any incentives or partial guarantees, but if it’s all guaranteed that would put his average salary just shy of his $27M cap hold. Full 8% raises would start him at $23.4M, which would still allow Memphis to generate $22M in cap space next summer.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Memphis Grizzlies F Jaren Jackson Jr., has agreed to a four-year, $105 million rookie contract extension, his agent Austin Brown of @CAA_Basketball tells ESPN. Another massive deal to secure one of league’s best young big men ahead of 6 PM ET deadline.
Ayton, Jackson and Huerter are believed to be the strongest candidates to get deals done, but recent NBA history suggests that it would be wise to expect the over when it comes to extensions.
December 1, 2021 | 6:22 pm EST Update
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