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Jerami Grant Trade Rumors: Pistons Forward 'Widely Expected' to Be Moved This Summer

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJune 15, 2022

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The Detroit Pistons' monthslong shopping of Jerami Grant is likely to reach its resolution this summer.

Jonathan Givony of ESPN reported the Pistons are "widely expected" to trade Grant this offseason ahead of the final year of his contract.

Grant is set to make $21 million next season to complete the three-year, $60 million pact he signed with the Pistons in 2020. A role player before arriving in Detroit via trade from Denver, Grant has led the Pistons in scoring each of the past two seasons. The 6'8", 210-pound forward has averaged 20.9 points and 4.4 rebounds during that span but has been limited to 101 games because of injuries.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks have been among the teams most regularly mentioned as suitors.

Blazers star Damian Lillard has an existing relationship with Grant dating back to their Team USA days, and Portland spent much of the 2021-22 season dismantling its roster to rebuild around Lillard. While adding Grant wouldn't turn the Blazers into a championship contender, he could be a solid third piece on a contender if Portland can find a second star.

Marc Stein reported on April 3 that the Pistons rebuffed an offer of Josh Hart and draft compensation for Grant before the 2022 trade deadline. Portland has the No. 7 pick in next week's NBA draft, though it feels unlikely the Blazers would move a mid-lottery pick for an expiring contract.

Stein also noted the Hawks' interest as they look to retool following a disappointing 2021-22 season. Perimeter defense was been one of the team's biggest issues last season, and Grant has proved himself capable of playing a three-and-D role.

Atlanta has the No. 16 pick in the first round next Thursday night.

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