NBA Rumor: Ja Morant Extension?

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Ja Morant has all but locked himself into a signing maximum extension with Memphis this offseason. In all likelihood, the Grizzlies will make him a designated rookie, allowing him to extend for up to five years, currently projected at $185.7 million. He will probably also receive the 30 percent Rose Rule criteria provisioned in his contract. Although he is likely to earn All-NBA honors this season, he will need to earn them again in 2022-23 to qualify for the higher maximum salary. This would increase his five-year deal to a projected $222.9 million amount.

In terms of problems, here’s what this deal tells us. First, that the Grizzlies care less about 2022 cap room and much more about keeping their books in the best shape possible for a Ja Morant extension. If Morant’s career stays on the same trajectory he’s likely signing a five-year deal for the max a year from now. Starting Jackson at a high number cuts into Memphis’s potential $20 million-plus in 2022 cap room, but the Grizzlies aren’t focused on being a free-agent destination.
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Grant Williams said he has been in contact with Brown since the rumors began gaining steam this summer. “It’s a significant rumor,” said Williams who added, “It’s something you want to take for a grain of salt. I feel like JB is mature in his mindset; he knows that. I’ve talked to him, texted him…it’s one of those things, this league is a business. It’s one of those things you can’t be discouraged by.”
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