Keep the star extensions coming. Both Ja Morant and Karl-Anthony Towns received contract extensions with their respective teams on Thursday night when free agency started and I guess the former Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Player winner was happy with the news.
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) July 1, 2022
Morant’s deal with the Memphis Grizzlies is a designated rookie maximum extension worth $193 million for five years but it could rise to up to $231 million if he gets named to any of the three All-NBA teams next season.
Morant and the Grizzlies are set now to keep competing in the Western Conference with both their star players locked in deals for the future and a young core that has exceeded all expectations in the last two seasons.
Morant had his best year recently with 27.4 points, 6.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 33 minutes per game and a travel to the All-Star Game and the Conference Semifinals in the playoffs.
Towns is another All-Star that received an extension, he agreed to a four-year supermax extension that is worth $224 million. With the deal, he will stay in Minnesota for the next six seasons as the extension kicks in after the 2023-2024 season.
Last season, the Timberwolves returned to the playoffs and we can expect them to be in a good position to compete in the upcoming future.