Grizzlies: 3 huge implications of Jaren Jackson Jr.’s $105M extension

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Implication No. 3: The Memphis Grizzlies believe that Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. can win an NBA Championship together

With long-term rebuilds like the one that the Grizzlies are currently undergoing, it’s easy to lose sight of the end goal. For the Grizzlies, and hopefully every other NBA team, the end goal is to win an NBA Championship, something that Memphis has not yet done in its quarter-century history.

The Memphis Grizzlies’ front office must believe that Jaren Jackson Jr. is a key piece in bringing an NBA Championship to Beale Street if they were willing to give him such a large contract.

It should also be noted that JJJ’s 4-year, $105 million deal is actually a relatively low amount.

It’s a lot of money, no doubt, but it’s a steal if Jaren Jackson lives up to his ceiling in the next few years with this Grizzlies team. There’s no way around it — Memphis wanted to sign JJJ while they could get him for cheap.

It’s easy to act as though you can easily put together a championship-caliber team, but the truth is that there is a certain amount of luck involved. The luck, in this case, was JJJ’s injuries, which allowed Memphis to get him for a bargained price. If he had put up better numbers with more games played, Memphis would likely have given him a max contract.

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The Grizzlies front office likely believed that the only way they can win an NBA Championship is if they take a chance and sign Jackson now. Hopefully, this pays off.