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As we know the Grizzlies traded for the native Memphian Jarnell Stokes, who was originally drafted number 35 by the Utah Jazz.  There was much curiosity stemming from the fact that he was yet to be signed to a contract which would seemed to have been easy to agree upon and complete.  Well today that uncertainty ended as the Grizzlies reported that they have come to terms with i acquisition.  The Grizzlies signed Stokes to what has been speculated as a 2 yr deal, with a third year team option. He is set to make $725k in the 1st yr, $840k in the 2nd yr, and $980k in the 3rd yr.  The Grizzlies released an official statement about the signing and it is listed below.

 

Memphis, Tenn. – The Memphis Grizzlies signed 2014 second round draft pick Jarnell Stokes to a multi-year contract, the team announced today.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Stokes (6-9, 263) was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (35th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft and traded to Memphis on draft night for a 2016 second round draft pick. 

 

Before entering the NBA Draft, Stokes played three years at the University of Tennessee (2011-14), averaging 13.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.08 blocks on .530 shooting in 29.7 minutes in 87 games.  The 20-year-old left the Volunteers ranked fourth in school history in double-doubles (40), eighth in total rebounds (836) and 14th in blocks (94).  He led the Southeastern Conference in offensive rebounding in each of his final two years in Knoxville.

 

A First Team All-SEC selection as a junior last season, Stokes posted 15.1 points and a conference-best 10.6 rebounds on .531 shooting in 32.4 minutes in 37 games, guiding Tennessee to three NCAA Tournament victories and a trip to the Sweet 16.  He boosted his averages to 18.0 points and 12.8 rebounds in four tournament games, including a 26-point, 14-rebound performance on March 21, 2014 vs. Massachusetts.  Stokes was named Second Team All-SEC as a sophomore and earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors in his first collegiate season.

 

The Memphis native and Southwind High School graduate averaged 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds in 26.6 minutes and recorded three double-doubles in five games (four starts) last month for the Grizzlies during the 2014 Orlando Pro Summer League.  He ranked second among all players in rebounds per game.

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

 

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