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Report: Grizzlies, Brandon Clarke agree to four year, $52 million extension

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 03: Brandon Clarke #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies during a preseason game against the Orlando Magic at FedExForum on October 03, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee.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 Justin Ford/Getty Images)

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The Memphis Grizzlies are spending big to lock up their core. Ja Morant got his (deserved) max contract extension. Also, the Grizzlies re-signed Tyus Jones, and have extended Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams, and John Konchar.

Now add Brandon Clarke to the list, a story broken by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

While that raw number may be a little high because it includes unlikely incentives, that $13 million a year average feels about right — it’s close to league average/mid-level exception money.

Last season Clarke averaged an efficient 10.4 PPG (64.4% shooting) and 5.3 rebounds a game. He’s a player that gets his buckets in the paint and is strong on the offensive glass.

There’s one more player in the Grizzlies’ core to be locked up, Desmond Bane will be extension eligible next summer. Dillon Brooks also could be an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Grizzlies haven’t been hesitant to spend yet, we’ll see if that continues with Brooks and Bane.

For now, Clarke got his bag.