The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to an early contract extension with Brandon Clarke. With the deadline just short of the start of the season, Memphis has committed another young core player to the long haul.
Like Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) initially reported that the 26-year-old will have a four-year, $52 million contract extension starting in the summer of 2023 and running through 2027. The Grizzlies have now officially confirmed the deal.
In his three years in the NBA so far, the 21st pick in the 2019 draft has become an important part of the Grizzlies’ bench. The big man averaged 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last season on a 64.4 percent shooting rate.
In addition to Clarke, the Grizzlies have secured other franchise mainstays this offseason, including Ja Morant (5 years, up to $231.4 million) and Steven Adams (2 years, $25.2 million). Jaren Jackson J. is also under contract through 2026.
Under Clarke, a total of eight players from the 2019 rookie class have now received an early contract extension. The deadline for the rookie ladder extension is October 17. Players from the 2019 draft who don’t receive a contract extension by then will become restricted free agents in the summer of 2023.