Straw Grant wanted to leave Detroit and was reportedly longing for a bigger offensive role, so he would now play alongside Damian Lillard as well as Anferny Simons in Portland. It’s a potentially great team and an interesting Trail Blazers team if everyone accepts their new roles (and Lillard returns to All-NBA form).
However, this deal could affect one of the contenders in the West and create a new rising star in the East.
The trade grant could open up more than $50 million in cap space for the Pistons, who can now go full blast towards one of their longtime goals – Deandre Ayton. Detroit has enough space to make the maximum offer to Ayton and pair him with Cade Cunningham. Many reports say the Pistons will do just that. The Athletic has a well-connected James Edwards III..
According to sources, Detroit is expected to pursue Phoenix Suns big man and 2018 first pick DeAndre Ayton in the open market.
The Pistons are expected to make the pursuit of Phoenix Suns restricted free agent DeAndre Ayton a priority after agreeing to trade Jerami Grant to Portland on Wednesday. Word is Ayton, in addition, does support the concept of teaming up with Cade Cunningham to form the new two-man Pistons backbone.
Other reports reflect the same opinion. Ayton could not agree to any proposal until 30 June and could not sign anything until the moratorium ended on 6 July.
Ayton is a restricted free agent, which means the Suns can take any offer, but all indications are that they are willing to forego the Ayton experience.
The Suns don’t want to pay Ayton the maximum, but they also don’t want him to go for nothing. Phoenix would like to negotiate a signing and trade and could try to force the Pistons’ hand by threatening to comply with any offer. Will the Pistons catch the Suns bluff? They know Phoenix doesn’t want Ayton to be at his best. Detroit doesn’t have to play ball, and if they agree to the deal, they don’t have to return much of anything of value. Detroit might just dare Phoenix to agree to this offer.
Ayton said he thinks he can do a lot more offensively than the Suns let him play. The Pistons may want to look into this, and what their offense with Cunningham and Ayton would look like in coach Dwayne Casey’s old-school style is up for debate. But with two young No. 1s on the roster, the Pistons could be well-prepared for the future.