San Diego State forward Jamaal Franklin wasn’t expected to last until the 41st selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, but that’s where the Memphis Grizzlies selected the former Aztec and they couldn’t be happier.
Many considered the pick a steal given Franklin’s overall ability and today the Grizzlies locked up the swingman to a three year contract, this according to USA Today’s Sam Amick:
The Grizzlies have agreed to a three-year deal with former San Diego State swingman Jamaal Franklin, I’m told. Third year team option.
Unlike first round draft selections, there are no guaranteed contract for second round picks so securing a multiple year deal for any rookie drafted in the second half of the NBA Draft is a pretty big statement.
A handful of pundits expected Franklin to be in play in the late teen’s as teams like the Atlanta Hawks showed strong interest in the talented guard but once the draft started rolling, it was a cluster of unique and odd picks which resulted in Franklin slipping.