Grizzlies exercise rookie options for Morant, Clarke and Bane
The Memphis Grizzlies exercised 2022-23 rookie contract options for point guard Ja Morant, forward Brandon Clarke and goaltender Desmond Bane on Saturday.
The No.2 overall pick in 2019, Morant was the NBA Rookie of the Year and started all 130 games played in his first two seasons. He averages 18.4 points, 7.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds. Morant also led the Grizzlies to the playoffs last spring, averaging 30.2 points and 8.2 assists against the number one seed Utah.
Clarke, 25, was the 21st overall pick in 2019 on Gonzaga. He was voted into the NBA All-Rookie First Team after setting the one-season record among the rookies shooting 61.8%. Clarke has started 20 of 117 games, averaging 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game.
Bane started 17 of 68 games last season as a rookie. The 30th overall pick on TCU averaged 9.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 22.3 minutes per game as a rookie. He set a franchise rookie record shooting 43.2% over a 3-point range, leading all NBA rookies as the best 3-point shooting percentage since 2009-10.