The Detroit Pistons were happy to pry away Jerami Grant with a three-year, $60-million contract in free agency during the 2020 NBA offseason.
Now, two summers later, the team may already be looking to part ways with their skilled power forward.
Grant has undoubtedly grown as a player in his time with the Pistons, experiencing a 10-point surge in points per game.
Yet at 28 years old, entering the final year of his contract, Grant may no longer fit the team’s long-term plans.
For these reasons, the Pistons may prefer to see what Grant can bring back in a trade this offseason. Here are three ideal trade scenarios for Grant and the Pistons to part ways.
Denver Nuggets give Nikola Jokic some frontcourt help
The Denver Nuggets already figure to be much improved next season as Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. return to health. This alone should help Nikola Jokic and Co. get past the first round of the NBA Playoffs next season.
Uniquely, the front office already has some idea of how Grant can fit into the bigger picture. He spent the 2019-20 season there, playing in 71 games before agreeing to a sign-and-trade the following offseason as they could not afford to pay him the salary he desired. While Grant is still on that same contract, it is expiring and the Nuggets could be intrigued by his versatile skillset once again.
- Jerami Grant stats: 19.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.4 APG, .358 3P% in 2021-22
The Nuggets have enough tradeable assets to match salaries, whether they want to include Will Barton and another piece, or aim higher by being willing to move off from Porter Jr. already, they appear to have the capital needed to swing a trade for Grant.