ESPN’s Brian Windhorst recently offered some insight into the type of contract extension that executives believe Memphis Grizzlies big man Jaren Jackson Jr. could fetch.
“I was talking to several executives this week and one of them said Jackson could get something along the lines of Jaylen Brown, a 100-million contract sub-max,” Windhorst said during a podcast appearance.
It sounds like there is a belief that Jackson could have a big payday in his future.
The Grizzlies selected Jackson with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He has played three seasons at the NBA level so far. When he has been healthy, the results have been great.
The 22-year-old has career averages of 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He’s a 48.0 percent shooter from the field and 37.4 percent shooter from 3-point land.
Health was a concern for him in the 2020-21 season, as he appeared in just 11 games. However, the Grizzlies seemingly have very high hopes for him going forward.
Memphis made the playoffs in the 2020-21 season, and the organization would love to make that a yearly occurrence. Locking up Jackson for the foreseeable future would be a step in the right direction.