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Memphis Grizzlies, Zach Kleiman agree to long-term extension

The Memphis Grizzlies locked in the mastermind of the rebuild.

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The Memphis Grizzlies started the offseason with arguably its biggest move of the offseason: locking in EVP of Basketball Operations Zach Kleiman to a long-term extension.

Zach Kleiman has done a remarkable job getting this Memphis Grizzlies squad back into playoff contention two seasons into the rebuild. Getting in the range to get Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. makes life easier, and every single move after that has been calculated excellently. Every player is on a team-friendly deal — not a single player under contract next season will make more than $14M. He’s turned around the Grizzlies’ draft misfortunes by securing steals in Brandon Clarke, Desmond Bane, and Xavier Tillman. Even savvy trading netted him good prospects in De’Anthony Melton and Grayson Allen — as well as a loosely-protected pick from the Golden State Warriors.

Kleiman is one of the youngest general managers in the NBA, and team governor Robert Pera made a great call in locking in this brilliant mind.

The message from day one has been to create a program that’s built for sustainable success. The Grizzlies are on their way with star point guard Ja Morant. Having Zach Kleiman at the helm is another major key when achieving this goal.

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