Former Spartan Jaren Jackson Agrees To Extension With Memphis
Former Michigan State basketball player Jaren Jackson, Jr. has agreed to a four year contract extension worth $105 million to remain with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Grizzlies had until 6pm on Monday evening to sign Jackson to an extension. He would have become a restricted free agent after this season had he not signed the deal.
Jaren (pictured above) was the Grizzlies' 1st round draft pick (4th overall) back in 2018. He left Michigan State after his freshman season, where he was named Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well as the league's Freshman of the Year.
During the 2017-18 season, Michigan State won the regular season Big Ten championship, but lost to Michigan in the semifinals in the Big Ten Tournament and then fell to Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
He averaged just over 11 points and 6 rebounds a game at MSU. He also averaged over 3 blocked shots in his only season in East Lansing.
After joining the Grizzlies in 2018, he has averaged 15.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in his three seasons in Memphis. He only played in 11 games last season due to a knee injury.
The Grizzlies made the playoffs last season, beating the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Play-In Tournament before falling to the Utah Jazz 4 games to 1 in Round 1.
Jackson is part of a young core with the Grizzlies that includes former Spartan Xavier Tillman and point guard Ja Morant.
Jaren is the son of former NBA player Jaren Jackson, Sr., who won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999.