GM Zach Kleiman: Memphis Grizzlies will spend to maintain Ja Morant and core together

MEMPHIS Tenn. — The Memphis GrizzliesWilling to spend anything necessary to keep their core together, including signing All Star guards Ja MorantThis offseason, you can extend your contract.

Zach Kleiman was the general manager of the Grizzlies and vice president for basketball operations. He made this clear on Sunday. Memphis was second in the NBA with the best record and received the No. 2 seed for the playoffs. 2 in Western Conference. Golden State defeated Memphis in six games Friday night in the semifinals.

Kleiman spoke of the future, saying that “We're going to have no problem paying anyone we want to,” Kleiman said that there will never be any issues with retention.

Kleiman stressed that this is what Robert Pera wants. Memphis is a small-market team that aims to maintain team chemistry and win a championship. Recent merchandise sales ranked Memphis 10th in the league, with Morant 9th among players.

Kleiman, the NBA Executive of Year for this season, stated that “we're not concerned about small-market ideas or any other of this or this.” “We won't have any problem whatsoever keeping together whoever we decide along the route.”

Morant, who was the No. Morant, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft was an excellent choice. He has gone from being Rookie of 2020 to All-Star starter in this season's NBA and is now the NBA's Most Improved player. He also placed seventh in MVP voting. Morant is eligible to receive a maximum five-year contract extension in the offseason.

Kleiman made it very clear that he wants to ensure Morant remains in Memphis for a prolonged period of time.

Kleiman stated that he was allowed to speak as much under the NBA rules as long as it does not violate the CBA.

Morant is determined to preserve the Grizzlies, beginning with himself.

“I'm happy to be here. Morant, who knows that his contract situation is going to be a hot topic in the offseason, said Memphis is his home. “If you're asking yourself the question: Would I like to live in Memphis? Hell, yeah.”

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