Report: Pistons open to trading Jerami Grant
How well the Pistons did in signing Jerami Grant to a big contract in 2019 is in the eye of the beholder.
On one hand, Grant proved more adept than expected as a go-to scorer. However, he has not handled being a focal point well enough to lead a quality team. Detroit stunk last season and is an NBA-worst 5-24 this season. Grant (27) is significantly older than the Pistons’ young core: Cade Cunningham (20), Saddiq Bey (22) and Isaiah Stewart (20).
When they traded for Aaron Gordon last March, the Nuggets sure looked like they might have had an agreement with him on an extension once he became eligible in the offseason. Gordon then inked the deal in September. Though more common than technically legal, such an arrangement could make sense for Grant.
Grant has one year remaining on his contract after the current season. Next offseason, he’ll become eligible for an extension worth up to:
- 2023-24: $25,146,000
- 2024-25: $27,157,680
- 2025-26: $29,169,360
- 2026-27: $31,181,040
- Total: $112,654,080
Maybe Grant won’t command that entire amount, but at least interested teams have an idea of his asking price. And if the salary cap skyrockets, Grant’s extension could age well.
Like with Gordon, Grant could potentially partially pick his destination by (unofficially) agreeing to sign an extension with only certain teams. That could get sorted out before the trade deadline.
Grant will be sidelined several more weeks with a sprained thumb. But he should be able to condition through that injury then hit the ground running upon his return. Any suitor would want him for the postseason, anyway.
As much as the Pistons like Grant, they’re far from the playoffs. He could provide more value to other (better) teams, which makes him ripe for a trade.