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Sixers trade Jerami Grant to Thunder for Ersan Ilyasova

Sixers trade Jerami Grant to Thunder for Ersan Ilyasova

Jerami Grant is headed to Oklahoma City.

The Sixers on Tuesday traded Grant to the Thunder for forward Ersan Ilyasova and a conditional future pick.

Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the trade.

The Sixers intend to keep Ilyasova, according to a source.

As for the conditional pick, Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo broke down the details shortly before Tuesday's game against Orlando. He said it likely will be a 2020 first-round pick that is protected from 1-20. 

"It’s a one-time shot," Colangelo said. "If it’s within the top 20 it will stay with Oklahoma City. Anything 21 through 30 will go to us. In addition to that, if it’s not conveyed, we will get ultimately two second round picks and those seconds would fall in 22 and 23."

However, because the timing of this draft pick is contingent upon another pick that Oklahoma City owes to Utah, it's possible the first pick under consideration won't come in 2020 and instead will be in either 2021 or '22.

“This is a unique deal that allows us to address both short term needs and longer term goals at the same time," Colangelo said earlier Tuesday in a statement. "Ersan will bring us much needed perimeter shooting, floor spacing and roster balance, while the acquisition of a future pick or picks should continue to drive our ability to generate future roster building options.”

Colangelo said the Thunder had pursued Grant "for some time."

“They’ve expressed an interest in Jerami Grant over the course of time," he said (see story). "The offers continued to get richer and richer. This led to the right timing from our perspective when the offer became realistic for us to make a move with Jerami, who we viewed as a nice young piece here.

“He endured a lot — a lot of painful losses along the way. But good, developing young player that I think has a bright future in the NBA. We’re thankful for everything he’s done. When you talk about class and professionalism, Jerami Grant is all of that. He’s terrific.”

Ilyasova is a 6-foot-10 power forward who's averaged 10.6 points and 6.0 rebounds in eight NBA seasons. He's a 44 percent career shooter, 37 percent from three.

Ilyasova gives the Sixers another frontcourt presence as they deal with the continued restrictions of Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor. Nerlens Noel and Ben Simmons are both sidelined by injuries. Ilyasova will help spread the floor with the ability to play at the basket and shoot from long range.

The 29-year-old played seven years with the Bucks and split last season on the Pistons and Magic. Born in Turkey, Ilyasova also has overseas experience.

Ilyasova scored 10 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes against the Sixers on opening night.

Grant, 22, was drafted 39th overall by the Sixers in 2014. The defense-first forward averaged 8.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks in 144 games with the Sixers. 

This season, the Sixers planned to utilize Grant at small forward, but injuries created a need for him to play the four as well. Grant had said he would look forward to playing the three because he could have an edge with his size and athleticism.

Sixers Talk podcast: Matisse Thybulle might already be the sixth man

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Sixers Talk podcast: Matisse Thybulle might already be the sixth man

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• Will Embiid set a career high in games played with his new load management plan? The guys make a friendly wager.

• Simmons gave arguably the most thoughtful quote he's ever given.

• Is Thybulle already the Sixers' sixth best player?

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Sixers pick up Zhaire Smith's third-year option, make clear call to bank on his further development

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Zhaire Smith's role with the Sixers isn't yet clear for this season, but the 20-year-old guard has a future with the team.

General manager Elton Brand confirmed that Wednesday. The team announced it has exercised Smith's third-year option for the 2020-21 season, worth $3.2 million

The Sixers acquired Smith and the Miami Heat's 2021 first-round pick last year in a draft-night trade with the Phoenix Suns, who received Mikal Bridges. Smith played in six regular-season games his rookie year, averaging 6.7 points and and 2.2 rebounds per game, but that's far from the whole story. Smith broke his foot in August, then suffered a severe allergic reaction and subsequent complications that led to him losing over 35 pounds. Over time, Smith regained his standout athleticism and rebuilt his jump shot after changing his form to compensate for his loss of strength (see story).

Head coach Brett Brown described Smith during training camp as a "pogo stick" and has praised his talent for on-ball defense, comparing him on multiple occasions to Avery Bradley. However, Smith has not been part of the Sixers' rotation during the preseason. Brown has acknowledged that development is a great priority for the Sixers with Smith than immediate contribution, especially after everything he went through as a rookie. The emergence of rookie Matisse Thybulle and solid play of Shake Milton during the preseason are further reasons why Smith hasn't been playing with the Sixers' regulars. Smith played the entire fourth quarter Tuesday night of the Sixers' 106-86 win over the Pistons and had seven points and three rebounds.

"It's just a process, so I'm not worried about it," he said. "As long as we get the win, it doesn't matter."

Given the potential the Sixers saw in Smith — and continue to see — it never seemed plausible that they would decline his third-year option.

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