Finishing with a 52-20 record last season, the best in the NBA, the Utah Jazz made quick work of the Memphis Grizzlies in the first-round of the playoffs, but then they fell to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference Finals after leading the series 2-0.
Not only did Utah “run things back” this year with their entire starting core, but they added some key pieces in Hassan Whiteside, Rudy Gay and Eric Paschall for more depth.
The Jazz have started the season 25-9 and while they are just a few games behind the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns for the best-record in the league, nobody seems to be talking about this team in regards to having a chance to win a title.
Donovan Mitchell has continued to grow into an NBA superstar, Rudy Gobert has won three of the last four Defensive Player of the Year awards and the Jazz are the number one rated offensive team in the league!
Having a great balance of talent on their roster, the Utah Jazz are absolutely contenders in the Western Conference and they are still looking for ways to better their roster.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Jazz are going to be searching for “defensive-minded” wings in the trade market this season, some have considered them to be a sleeper-team to watch in the “Jerami Grant Sweepstakes”. There’s certainly room for debate about how realistic that option actually is for Utah.
The Detroit Pistons have shown no willingness to trade their star forward and it is unlikely that they will move him, but Charania states that the Pistons are listening to offers and could be open to a possible deal.
Grant is currently out with torn ligaments in his right thumb and will likely be out until sometime in late-January/early-February, but this has not stopped teams from pursuing him. It is unknown if the Jazz are a team that have inquired about Grant in trade talks, but adding Jerami Grant could be a huge move that pays off big-time for the Jazz.
Being a spot-up shooter and versatile defender, Jerami Grant could fill multiple different needs for this Jazz team and be that secondary star that they need next to Donovan Mitchell.
So could Utah find themselves a part of what would be one of the biggest trades of the NBA season?
Let’s take a look at what the Utah Jazz could possibly offer up for Detroit Pistons star Jerami Grant.
Detroit Pistons Receive: F Bojan Bogdanovic, F Eric Paschall, F Elijah Hughes, MEM 2022 2nd Round Pick, UTA 2026 1st Round Pick (Conveys 2 years after UTA sends first-round pick to OKC)
Utah Jazz Receive: F Jerami Grant, G Rodney McGruder
If the Utah Jazz were to have a chance to acquire Jerami Grant, this trade would almost definitely involve a third or fourth team not only for the Detroit Pistons to get more future value and young assets, but because Utah is kind of stuck right now in terms of what draft picks they can trade away.