NBA Trade Rumors: Jerami Grant Most Interests Blazers over Last Few Months

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 31, 2022

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 25: Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons looks on before the game against the Washington Wizards at Little Caesars Arena on March 25, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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The Portland Trail Blazers reportedly remain the most likely suitor for Jerami Grant this offseason.

James L. Edwards III and Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reported the Blazers plan to pick up their pursuit of a trade for the Detroit Pistons forward this offseason. Portland has been mentioned as a suitor for Grant for several months, dating back to before the 2022 NBA trade deadline.

Marc Stein previously reported the Blazers offered Josh Hart and draft compensation for Grant at the deadline. The Pistons declined, believing they could land a better deal during the offseason.

Grant signed a three-year, $60 million contract in Detroit ahead of the 2020-21 season, as he looked to showcase his ability to handle a larger offensive role. He averaged 20.9 points and 4.4 rebounds over the last two seasons with the Pistons while largely serving as their top defender on the perimeter.

Injuries limited Grant to just 101 games over those two seasons, so that's something any potential suitor will have to factor in during trade talks.

Blazers star Damian Lillard and Grant grew a friendship playing together on Team USA at the 2020 Olympic Games that has been the main reason for Portland's interest. Lillard is coming off the worst season of his NBA career, suffering through an abdominal injury that limited him to 29 games and left him an inferior version of himself when he did play. The six-time All-Star set career lows with 40.2 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three-point range.

Trades of CJ McCollum, Norman Powell, Larry Nance Jr. and Robert Covington essentially stripped the Blazers roster to its barest form. The Blazers will need to re-sign rising guard Anfernee Simons and make a decision about the long-term future of unrestricted free agent Jusuf Nurkic this offseason, but they should be one of a select few teams with meaningful salary-cap space on the open market.

It's more than likely Portland will attempt to use a combination of Hart and draft picks to entice the Pistons again this offseason, given the team does not have much else to offer assetwise.