How much will it cost to keep Memphis Grizzlies’ roster together?

Memphis Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman was named NBA Executive of the Year this season, but the upcoming offseasonwill mark his toughest challenge since stepping into his role in 2019.

The Grizzlies face at least four key personnel decisions that will determine whether the core of a roster that won finished second in the regular season stays intact. Kleiman said owner Robert Pera will spend whatever is needed to retain the players the franchise wants.

“We’re not worried about small market notions or any of this or that,” Kleiman said. “We’re not going to have any issue whatsoever keeping together whoever we ultimately decide along the way as we continue to prioritize continuity.”

One decision is a no-brainer. Ja Morant assured he’ll sign his rookie max extension that’s worth at least $186 million over five years. If Morant makes his second All-NBA team next season, the contract becomes a supermax extension worth $223 million.

But what can the Grizzlies offer Tyus Jones and Kyle Anderson, both unrestricted free agents? How much will Brandon Clarke’s rookie extension be worth, knowing that if Desmond Bane maintains his production next season, Bane could receive a max extension in 2023?

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Keith Smith, an NBA salary cap analyst for Spotrac, a website that details sports salary information, broke down the likely contracts costs for Jones, Anderson and Clarke in an interview with The Commercial Appeal.

PF Brandon Clarke

May 1, 2022;  Memphis, Tennessee, USA;  Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during game one of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at FedExForum.  Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone-USA TODAY Sports

SMITH: I think the challenge with Clarke is first answering this: Is he the guy whose jump shot regressed over Years 2 and 3 and kind of stagnated in the regular season? Or is the guy who was a big part of the team’s playoff success? If you think he’s the second, and you think the jumper might show the promise it showed in his rookie year, a 4-year, $48 million extension seems fair.

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