Brandon Clarke, Grizzlies Agree to 4-Year, $52M Contract Extension

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVOctober 16, 2022

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - OCTOBER 13: Brandon Clarke #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on October 13, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. 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 Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Brandon Clarke will remain a part of the Memphis Grizzlies' young core for the foreseeable future.

Clarke's agents, Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman, told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski the 26-year-old forward agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the only NBA team he has ever known.

ESPN's Bobby Marks pointed out the Grizzlies have put an emphasis on keeping the team together with contract extensions:

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

That’s the 6th Memphis player on the roster to sign an extension: Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams, John Konchar, Dillon Brooks and now Clarke. <a href="https://t.co/5ANkeT8e0j">https://t.co/5ANkeT8e0j</a>

Memphis acquired Clarke's contract rights on draft day in 2019 when the Oklahoma City Thunder selected him out of Gonzaga with a first-round pick. He wasted no time establishing himself as an impact player and averaged a career-best 12.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a rookie.

That was good enough for a spot on the All-Rookie first team.

Clarke has remained a solid contributor in the Grizzlies' frontcourt and posted 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 64.4 percent from the field last season. He was even better in the playoffs with averages of 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds.

Memphis reached the second round of the postseason and challenged the eventual-champion Golden State Warriors even though Ja Morant missed the last three games of the six-game series with an injury.

The team is looking to take another step in 2022-23 and potentially challenge for a title with Morant as the cornerstone of a talented group that includes Clarke, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks and Jaren Jackson Jr., among others.

Continuity is a central theme for the Grizzlies heading into a new campaign, and Clarke is now a major part of that after this contract extension.