The Detroit Pistons have agreed to exchange striker Jerami Grant with the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for a first-round selection in 2025 (via Milwaukee Bucks and protected numbers 1-4) and multiple selections. According to Adrian Wojnarowski.
In particular, the Pistons and Blazers have switched to the second round of this year’s draft. Pistons is now 36th overall and Blazers 46th. In addition, the Pistons will receive a 2025 second round selection from Blazers and a 2026 second round selection (the most favorable between the Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans). Detroit will also receive a $ 21 million trade waiver as part of the deal.
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Grant is reaching the final year of his contract and was not a long-standing piece for the rebuilt Pistons, who will now undertake a free agency with Cade Cunningham and a $ 43 million cap. Moving the grant always made sense, but it’s surprising the Pistons couldn’t return. Maybe they would have been desperate for a competitor if they had replaced Grant by the deadline last season.
However, it is worth noting that Grant has the right to extend this off-season season and is looking for a deal worth up to $ 112 million over four years. In addition, he wants to be a prominent offensive player. There were probably few teams willing to pay Grant and give him the role he wanted, which could have led to low commodity value. The Blazers were obviously one of them and have now added a versatile lead to the mix as they try to rework Damian Lillard.
We value trade:
The flasks can:
- 2022 second round selection via Portland
- 2025 First Round Selection via Milwaukee (Protected No. 1-4)
- 2025 second round selection via Portland
- 2026 second round choice (better choice between Portland and New Orleans)
- $ 21 million trade waiver
The Jerami Grant-Detroit Pistons partnership had never longed for this world. When Grant signed his three-year, $ 60 million contract in the summer of 2020, he wanted the opportunity to prove he was more than a defender and a three-point player. The Pistons wanted someone who could take responsibility for the attack and have commercial value on the back.
If the previous two seasons did not win much, the mating was positive for both parties. Grant showed that he could play a more important role and earn an even bigger payday in the process. The Pistons got a bunch of additional draft options for someone who was never going to be part of their long-term plans.
At first glance, this seems like a low return for Grant, and it’s fair to think that the Pistons could have received more in return from a desperate competitor if they had moved it at the end of last season. However, any team trading with Grant must be prepared to pay him for his next contract and give him the role he was looking for in the attack, and the fact that they made that deal is a good indication of what the offers were. out there.
Eventually, the Pistons were looking for the first round – although they won’t be able to use it for three years – some extra opportunities in the second round and freed up tons of cork space. It is not clear what they will do this summer with this flexibility, but they are in a better position for a future that should be bright with Cade Cunningham.
Trail Blazers can:
- Selection for the second round of 2022 via Detroit
After eight consecutive play-offs, Trail Blazers grabbed last season after Damian Lillard had abdominal surgery. CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr., Robert Covington and Norman Powell went out, resulting in a season of 2:21 and a general selection of No. 7.
However, no one wants it to be a multi-year remodel, especially when Lillard is now on the wrong side of 30. The list is essentially a clean page outside of Lillard and some young players, and the plan is to create a team that will be able to compete again immediately after the playoffs.
The first step was to go out and get the Grant that Lillard had promoted according to Wojnarowski. Grant should be ideal as a versatile attacker who instantly improves his porous defense and is able to take part in the offensive responsibility from Lillard’s shoulders. The real goal on the edge is a nice change of pace for Blazers, who has been hoping for a small backfield for so long.
Best of all, for the Blazers, they didn’t have to give up much to get a player to make their team better. The choice of the first round three years later means much more to the reconstructed Pistons team than to the currently winning Blazers team. Second round options and swaps are just sort of.
Blazers’ next business is figuring out how to add even more talent to the list. Grant is a great start, but he and Lillard can’t handle it alone. It is worth noting that the team will hang option 7 to try to add a veteran. OG Anunoby is one potential opportunity According to Chris Haynes.
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