Jerami Grant Trade Score: sends pistons to Trail Blazers for future first-round selection, per report

The Detroit Pistons agreed to trade Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for a 2025 first-round pick (via the Milwaukee Bucks and protected numbers 1-4) and multiple-choice swaps, According to Adrian Voinarowski.

Notably, the Pistons and Blazer exchanged second-round picks in this year’s draft. The pistons are now 36th overall, while the Blazers are 46th overall. In addition, the Pistons will receive a second-round pick from the 2025 Blazers and 2026 second-round picks (the most favorable between the Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans). Detroit will also receive a $21 million commercial exemption as part of the deal.

Grant is entering the final year of his contract and has not been a long-term piece for rebuilding the Pistons who will now move forward with Kid Cunningham and $43 million in cover space for the free agency. Grant’s transfer has always made sense, but surprisingly the Pistons couldn’t get any more payoff. Perhaps they could have had a desperate competitor if they traded Grant at the deadline last season.

However, it should be noted that Grant is eligible for an extension this off-season and will be looking for a deal worth up to $112 million over four years. In addition, he wants to be an outstanding offensive player. There are likely to be few teams willing to push Grant and give him the role he desires, which could lead to a drop in trade value. The Blazers were clearly one of them, and now they’ve added a versatile forward to the mix as they try to rewire the tool around Damian Lillard.

Let’s do the trade:

You receive pistons:

  • 2022 second round selection via Portland
  • 2025 first-round pick over Milwaukee (protected 1-4)
  • 2025 second round pick via Portland
  • 2026 second-round pick (better choice between Portland and New Orleans)
  • $21 million commercial exception

Jeramy Grant and the Detroit Pistons’ partnership was never this world long. When Grant signed his $60 million three-year deal in the summer of 2020, he wanted a chance to prove he was more than just a 3-point defender and striker. The Pistons wanted someone who could take on the offensive responsibility and would have commercial value at the back end.

While the past two seasons haven’t moved up that much in terms of wins, the pairing has ended up being a positive for both parties. Grant showed he could handle a more important role and was paid more in the process. The Pistons got a bunch of extra draft picks for someone who will never be part of their long-term plans.

At first glance, that sounds like a low return for Grant, and it’s fair to wonder if the Pistons could have gotten more in return from a desperate competitor if they had moved him on last season’s trading deadline. Any team trading Grant should be willing to pay their next contract to him and give him the kind of role he was looking for in the event of an offence, however, the fact that they took this deal is a good indication of the kind of offers abroad.

In the end, the Pistons got the first round they were looking for – although they wouldn’t be able to use it for three years – there are a few extra chances in the second round that cleared a lot of space. It’s not clear what they will do with this flexibility this summer, if anything, but they are in a better position for a future that should be bright with Cade Cunningham leading the way.

B degree

Trailblazers receive:

  • 2022 second-round pick over Detroit

After eight consecutive playoffs, the Trail Blazers hugged the tank last season after Damian Lillard’s abdominal surgery. CJ McCollum, Larry Nance Jr., Robert Covington and Norman Powell were knocked out, leading to a 2-21 close to the season and the No. 7 pick overall.

Nobody wants this to be a multi-year rebuild, especially with Lillard now on the wrong side of the 30th. The slate is basically a blank slate out of Lillard and some young players, and the plan is to build a team that can compete for a playoff point again right away.

The first step was getting out and acquiring Grant, whom Lillard was defending, per Wojnarowski. Grant should be well suited as a versatile striker who will instantly improve his porous defense and can take some offensive responsibility off Lillard’s shoulders. Having a real threat on the wing would be a nice change of pace for the Blazers, who have relied on a small back area for so long.

Best of all for the Blazers, they haven’t given up too much to get a player who makes their team better. The first-round pick after three years on the road means a lot more to the rebuilding Pistons team than it does to the Blazers now trying to win. The second round picks and swaps are just kind of like anything else.

The Blazers’ next course of action is figuring out how to add more talent to the roster. Grant is a great start, but he and Lillard won’t be able to do it alone. To that end, it’s worth noting that the team is hanging on at pick #7 to try and add a veteran. OG Anunoby is one possible option, According to Chris Hines.

Grade: A-

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