Agent: Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies agree on $105M extension ahead of deadline

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The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a four-year, $105 million contract extension with Jaren Jackson Jr., locking up a core player ahead of a Monday deadline. 

Jackson's agent Austin Brown confirmed the news to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Jackson was expected to sign the extension prior to Monday's 6 p.m. ET deadline for 2018 draft class players to do so.

The Grizzlies selected Jackson as the No. 4 pick in 2018 out of Michigan State. A versatile, 6-11 forward, Jackson, 22, earned All-Rookie honors in 2019. He anchors Memphis' young core alongside point guard Ja Morant.

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 05: Jaren Jackson Jr. #13 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks at FedExForum on October 05, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
Jaren Jackson Jr. anchors a young Grizzlies core alongside Ja Morant. (Justin Ford/Getty Images)

Jackson's an effective scorer, defender and 3-point shooter who's averaged 15.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 steals while shooting 48% from the field and 37.4% from 3-point distance on 4.5 attempts per game in three NBA seasons.

Jackson missed all but 11 games last season with a meniscus tear in his left knee. He was expected to miss the entire season, but returned for the Grizzlies' late playoff push that resulted in the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. He was active in preseason Grizzlies games and is healthy heading into Wednesday's season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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