Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies exercised their rookie contract option for star point guard Ja Morant on Saturday, tying him to the team through the 2022-23 season.

Morant, 22, was the second overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft and was named Rookie of the Year in his first season.

In 130 games, all starts, over his first two seasons, Morant has averaged 18.4 points, 7.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 0.9 steals.

The Grizzlies also exercised their options for forward Brandon Clarke and guard Desmond Bane.

Clarke, 25, was taken 21st overall in the same draft as Morant. He has averaged 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 117 career games (20 starts).

Bane, 23, was picked 30th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. He started 17 of 68 games as a rookie, averaging 9.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 22.3 minutes per game.

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