Jackson and the Grizzlies agreed Monday on a four-year, $105 million contract extension, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Though durability concerns and a lack of consistent rebounding (career average of 4.7 boards in 26.9 minutes per game) are blemishes on his resume, Jackson has otherwise looked like one of the NBA's best young big men since entering the league as the No. 4 overall pick in 2018. Not only has the 22-year-old been a dynamic shot blocker (1.5 per game), but he's also been a potent inside-out threat, converting at a 37.4 percent clip from downtown on 4.5 attempts per contest. As the lavish extension illustrates, the Grizzlies view Jackson as a cornerstone piece in both the near- and long-term along with star point guard Ja Morant. Assuming better health prevails in 2021-22 after he was limited to just 68 games between the past two seasons, Jackson could make a legitimate push for his first All-Star Game appearance.
Jackson finished Friday's preseason game against the Bulls with 29 points (10-18 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds and two assists. Starting up front alongside Steven Adams and Kyle Anderson, Jackson led the Grizzlies in points, field goal attempts and three-pointers in 29 minutes of action. A longer-than-expected recovery from a torn meniscus limited Jackson to just 11 appearances in 2020-21, but when healthy he's a proven scorer and shot blocker who also hits three-pointers at an elite clip. Fantasy managers have to account for the injury concerns, but Jackson could easily be set for a breakout fourth NBA season.
Jackson (rest) won't play in Wednesday's preseason contest against the Pacers. Jackson, along with the majority of the Grizzlies starters, will rest during Memphis' second-to-last preseason contest. His absence should allow Brandon Clarke and Xavier Tillman to see some increased playing time against the Pacers.
Jackson finished with 20 points (7-14 FG, 3-6 3PT, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 26 minutes during Monday's preseason game against Detroit. Jackson turned in a solid all-around line, contributing on both ends of the court. He's been a force on the glass so far this preseason, coming down with seven or more boards in each of the three exhibitions. Jackson is averaging 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist over that stretch.
Jackson will start Monday's game against Detroit, Evan Barnes of the Commercial Appeal reports. After resting alongside several other Grizzlies regulars Saturday, Jackson will return to the lineup at his customary power forward spot next to Steven Adams. In his last preseason appearance Thursday against Charlotte, Jackson posted 16 points (6-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and seven boards in 20 minutes.
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