Grizzlies 2nd-round pick Kennedy Chandler wins historic deal

Kennedy Chandler may have been a second-round pick, but he’s not being paid as such.

Chandler — taken with the 38th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2022 NBA draft — signed a four-year, $7.1 million rookie contract on Tuesday. The contract contains $4.94 million in guaranteed money, the highest guaranteed salary for an American second-round pick in NBA history.

“Kennedy was very high on our board going into the night,” Grizzlies general manager Zach Kleiman said after the draft. “[He was] someone we care about very much. It could have easily been one of our first-round picks. … [We were] absolutely shocked that Kennedy is here, given how we feel about him.

Chandler excelled in one season at Tennessee, leading the Volunteers in points and assists per game.
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Chandler had a college ball season at Tennessee, averaging 13.9 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, all team highs. With Chandler initiating the offense, the Volunteers went 27-8 and earned a three seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Before the draft, Chandler was expected to be a late first-round pick. He joins a packed Memphis backcourt headlined by the dynamic duo of Ja Morant and Desmond Bane.

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