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Tyus Jones returns to Grizzlies on 2-year, $30 million contract

GRIZZLIES, TYUS JONES

NBA free agency opened up Thursday with an explosion of deals across the league. That includes the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies and guard Tyus Jones have reportedly agreed to a new contract for two years worth $30 million, according to ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

Jones’ agent, Kevin Bradbury of REP1 Basketball, confirmed the details.

The Grizzlies backup point guard is coming off of the best season of his career. He averaged a career-high 8.7 points per game last season, coming off the bench in Memphis. He also dropped 4.4 assists per game over 21 minutes, and showed increased efficiency. Jones knocked down 39 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. That number also is the best of his seven-year career.

Jones really showed his worth when the team was without Ja Morant. The Grizzlies superstar missed 25 games last season and were an impressive 20-5 in those games. That included victories over the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers.

Even after signing Jones to this contract, the Grizzlies still have room under the $123 million salary cap. It certainly helps that Morant is only just over a $12 million cap hit this coming season.

Ironically, the player making the most money on the team might not be available to start the year. It was revealed that Grizzlies power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. underwent successful foot surgery to repair a stress fracture. His timetable for a return is four to six months, which could bleed into 2023. He is slated to make over $23 million next season.

It’ll be interesting to see what Memphis does the rest of free agency.