Ja Morant’s contract extension won’t be the only topic of the summer for Memphis managers, as there are two big players in the rotation who are free agents: Kyle Anderson and Tyus Jones.
He is the second who should be one of the great winners of the preseason as he has shown that he is capable of leading a team at the top of the table. Behind Jalen Brunson, he appears to be the highest-rated point guard for the upcoming offseason.
“Obviously, I would like to be a starter in the NBA” he admitted during the season finale interview. “I think any NBA player will tell you that. I would be lying if I said otherwise. But it is not the end of the world…”
Ja Morant’s backup, Tyus Jones, takes advantage of his leader’s absences to start games frequently. That’s how it was in Minnesota, and in his career he has already been a starter 72 times.
“We always try to do more, but at the same time, I always considered myself a starter, even when I came off the bench.”he continued. “I’m often told that I’m one of the best backups in the league, but I’ve never considered myself that way. I always considered that he was just a starter coming off the bench. This has always been my mindset. »
A record of 19 wins for 4 losses as a starter
NBA leader in pass/turnover ratio, he has safe hands, and we will remember that he was shooting this season with an average of 12.7 points and 6.6 assists as a starter.
In Memphis we are aware that it is precious to have a player like that, capable of going from the bench to the starting five with the same efficiency. When it started, Memphis won 19 of its 23 regular season games!
“Tyus has always been an essential part of our culture for this group” Judge GM Zach Kleiman, who announced that his management was not afraid to go into the red to keep their best players. For Tyus Jones, it will probably be necessary to add a few million to his current salary, since he received $8.4 million this season. Perhaps with the same salary, he will opt for a permanent position?
” It will certainly not be an easy decision. Away from Tyus Jones concludes. ” I haven’t decided one way or the other yet. »
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