The Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade forward Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for a 2025 first-round pick (via the Milwaukee Bucks and protected Nos. 1-4) and several pick trades. according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
In particular, the Pistons and Blazers switched places in the second round of this year’s draft. The Pistons are now 36th overall and the Blazers are 46th. In addition, the Pistons will receive a 2025 second-round pick from the Blazers and a 2026 second-round pick (the most favorable pick between the Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans). Detroit will also receive a $21 million trading exemption as part of the deal.
Grant is entering the final year of his contract and has not been a long-term part of the rebuilding Pistons, who will now be moving forward with Cade Cunningham and $43 million as free agents. Moving Grant always made sense, but it’s surprising the Pistons haven’t been able to come up with more returns. Perhaps they could have gotten away from a desperate opponent if they traded Grant by the deadline last season.
However, it’s worth noting that Grant is eligible for an extension this offseason and will be looking for a deal worth up to $112 million over four years. In addition, he wants to be recognized as an attacking player. There were likely few teams willing to pay Grant and give him the role he wanted, which could have resulted in a low trade cost. The Blazers were obviously one of them, and now they’ve added an all-round forward to the roster in an attempt to retool Damian Lillard.