Oklahoma City Thunder forward Grant Jerrett has agreed to sign a multi-year contract with the club that dealt for him on draft night in 2013, according to RealGM. The Thunder didn't pick up a team option on Jerrett following this past season, making him a free agent, but apparently haven't wavered in their commitment to the 40th draft pick.
Assuming Jerrett makes the league minimum, he will be paid $845,059 in 2014-15 and $874,636 in 2015-16 for a total of $1,763,758 if the deal is indeed worth two years. Though it's possible for the second year to be non-guaranteed, the signing signals that Oklahoma City will continue forward grooming the former Arizona Wildcats product who many felt left the college ranks before he was ready.
The Portland Trail Blazers drafted Jerrett in the second round last year and traded him on draft night to the Thunder. Oklahoma City didn't ink Jerrett to a contract until the tail end of the regular season. Instead, Jerrett went first overall in the D-League draft and the Thunder's minor league club, the Tulsa 66ers, traded up to select him. He averaged 15.3 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 37 percent from three-point range last season in Tulsa.
Jerrett suffered an ankle injury this month and hasn't participated in Summer League play.
While his productivity and impact in the NBA has yet to be observed, the commitment from the Thunder to continue on with Jerrett says a bit about his skillset. His shooting ability is the reason fellow former Arizona forward Channing Frye earned a four-year, $32 million deal despite his limitations, and Jerrett will have to likewise hang his hat on his shooting to break into the rotation.