Grizzlies uses 2021-22 contract options on Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., Brandon Clarke and Grayson Allen

Memphis, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that the team used 2021-22 contract options on guard Ja Morant, forward / center Jaren Jackson Jr., onwards Brandon Clarke and guard Grayson Allen.

Morant was named Kia NBA’s 2019-20 Rookie of the Year and received a 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First Team honor after averaging 17.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists in 31.0 minutes in 67 games ( start) last season. Selected by the Grizzlies with the second overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the 21-year-old was selected for the 2020 NBA Rising Stars as part of the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend alongside Jackson Jr. and Clarke.

Jackson Jr. on average 15.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.51 blocks in 27.3 minutes in 115 games (113 starts) over two seasons since being selected by Memphis with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 Draft NBA. The 21-year-old, who won the 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team Awards, averaged 17.4 points and 1.61 blocks (10th in the NBA) during the 2019-20 campaign, earning a high score of 43 points on December 13, 2019 , against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Clarke appeared in 58 games (four starts) as a rookie last season and averaged 12.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.4 minutes while shooting an NBA rookie-record 61.8 in the year. percent off the field (fourth in the NBA). Clarke, who was selected 21st overall in the first round of the 2019 NBA draft, was named to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First Team alongside Morant and finished fourth in the 2019 Rookie of the Year poll. 20 Kia NBA.

Allen has competed in 76 games (two starts) and averaged 7.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 14.9 minutes for the Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies. Selected by Utah with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA draft, Allen appeared in 38 games as a reserve and averaged 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 18.9 minutes in length. and shot 40.4 percent from last season’s 3-point range, his first with the Grizzlies.