The Detroit Pistons have traded 28-year-old forward Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for the top four defended first-round picks in the 2025 draft from the Milwaukee Bucks. according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Grant averaged 19.2 points (43/36/84 shots), 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.9 minutes in 47 games for the Pistons last season. He was an integral role player for the Denver Nuggets during their run to the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals before seeking more game responsibility as a free agent. The Pistons gave him a three-year, $60 million contract and increased usage in 2020, making him a minor All-Star candidate. However, with him as his primary option, Detroit has won 43 games over the past two seasons.
Grant is just another wing in a long line of options the Blazers have tried to put next to six-time All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, and he could be the best of a group that included Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Gary Trent Jr. , Trevor Ariza, Rodney Hood, Moe Harkless and Al-Farooq Aminu, among others.
The update is needed to improve a squad that won 27 games most of last season without Lillard. The Blazers traded Covington, Powell, Larry Nance Jr., and Lillard’s longtime backcourt partner C.J. McCollum before the February deadline, hoping to speed up a rebuild around their franchise player.
Portland’s general manager Joe Cronin purchased Grant’s expiring $21 million salary, which fits into the salary cap space without parting with the seventh overall pick in Thursday’s draft. The 2025 first-round pick from Milwaukee, which Cronin traded to Detroit for Grant, came through the New Orleans Pelicans in a McCollum deal.
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