Ja Morant on If He Wants to Be with Grizzlies amid Possible New Contract: 'Hell Yeah'

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 15, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 13:  Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies yells on the sidelines against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter in Game Six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals at Chase Center on May 13, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ja Morant isn't leaving Memphis anytime soon.

The Grizzlies guard was excited about the prospect of potentially signing a contract extension when asked Sunday at his season-ending press conference.

"Memphis is my home. When that conversation comes up, I feel like it'll be in the media for everybody to see," Morant told reporters. "If your answer is, 'Do I wanna be in Memphis?' Hell yeah."

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Morant will be eligible for a five-year, $217 million supermax contract this offseason, assuming he makes an All-NBA team (a virtual guarantee). The league's MIP averaged 27.4 points, 6.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds while leading the Grizzlies to a franchise-record 56 wins.

It appears the money won't be an issue for the Grizzlies, as general manager Zach Kleiman told reporters Sunday there won't be "any issues paying anyone who we want to pay" in order to keep the team together.

"There's never going to be any issue with retention here," Kleiman said.

A bone bruise in Morant's knee ended his postseason early, forcing him to miss the final three games of Memphis' second-round series against the Golden State Warriors. He averaged 38.3 points, 8.3 assists and 6.7 rebounds over the first three games of the series.

Offering Morant the full supermax is a no-brainer for the Grizzlies. He's already on the shortlist of the greatest players in franchise history and plays with a superstar flair that's going to make him a marketing goldmine.

As long as Morant wants to stay in Memphis, the Grizzlies will and should spend whatever money possible to keep him around.

Don't expect this to be a complicated negotiation.