The Portland Trail Blazers gave their fans their first NBA draft gift, dealing with Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant. In an effort to secure the former Team USA representative, general manager Joe Cronin parted ways with the 2025 Milwaukee Bucks protected pick received in February’s deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Blazers also sent their 36th pick — for the Pistons’ 46 picks tonight — as well as returning the Pistons’ 2025 second-round pick will be Portland’s best or New Orleans’ second-round pick in 2026.
Grant’s $20 million deal also fits neatly into the trade exception created in the Pelicans deal, which meant the Blazers weren’t required to send money while opening a deal. ceiling space for the Pistons.
Sports Illustrated’s Rohan Nadkarni gave the Blazers an A, calling the deal a no-brainer while handing the Pistons a C.
It will be a very nice complementary piece next to Lillard. Portland desperately needs long, athletic wings next to Dame who can also shoot and defend, and Grant fits the bill. With Josh Hart Also occupying one of the wing spots – and perhaps another veteran who could be acquired in exchange for the No. 7 pick – the Blazers should have a nice balance on the ground that they have lacked in recent years. Grant can play either forward position (while mostly playing all four), and possibly slip to center in rare cases in very small looks.
Grant should thrive playing off the ball from Lillard. He shot 36.2% on three catch-and-shoots last season, enough to keep the defense honest, and Dame should make him look even better in the future. For now, Grant is only signed through 2023 for nearly $21 million, but after last season’s dismantling, the Blazers have the option of signing him on a deal that should both go through Grant and not mess up their ceiling sheet. Grant may not be as exciting a second star as CJ McCollum. Still, he’s a proven player who once managed to play against a ball-dominant star. With the Blazers needing two-way wings and still having room to maneuver for more talent, this deal was a layup.
Benyame Kidane of The Sporting News applauded Cronin for securing Grant for such a modest comeback, giving the Blazers an A- and the Pistons a B+.
The Trail Blazers haven’t had to give up much to fill a key role on their roster as they look to reorganize around superstar Damian Lillard. Amazingly, they were able to close the deal without parting with their No. 7 pick in this year’s draft, allowing them to add another top talent to their core of young players. After relying on their undersized backcourt for offense in recent years, Grant immediately gives the Blazers a scoring threat from the wing. It also provides them with a versatile defensive player who can cover multiple positions.
Last season, the Blazers were one of the worst defensive teams in the league, ranking 29th in defensive ratings. Grant immediately becomes their best defensive player. In 47 games last season, Grant averaged 19.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists from 42.6 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from the 3-point line. The move is also a boost for Lillard, who was keen to team up with Grant. The duo won a gold medal together for Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Portland’s ability to use the $21 million trade exception it created over the Clippers’ dealings and the Pelicans last season is a plus.
Conversely, ESPN’s Kevin Pelton gave the Blazers a B+ and the Pistons an A-, giving Detroit the edge for the extra $20 million in cap space it now owns.
It will be interesting to see how Grant fits into a contending team. He fulfilled a role for the Denver nuggets in 2019-20, helping them to the Western Conference Finals in the bubble, before signing with the Pistons in order to get more offensive opportunities. Grant’s usage rate went from 18 percent of Denver’s games below average to 28.5 percent in Detroit. In this context, Grant’s near-average efficiency was impressive, given that he had never before been seen as a shot-maker.
In Portland, Grant’s role will likely end up somewhere between those two extremes. Lillard and Simons project themselves as the team’s top two scorers, but Grant could be allowed to do more offensively when one of the two guards is on the bench, historically a hotspot for the Blazers offense. When not on the ball, Grant is the kind of high-volume but average-accuracy 3-point shooter (36% last season on 6.1 attempts per game) that Portland has typically featured as a forward.
CBS Sports’ Jack Maloney awarded the Blazers an A- and the Pistons a B, praising the fact that Portland only had to give up what appears to be inconsequential draft compensation for Grant.
The first step was to go out and acquire Grant, whom Lillard was defending, according to Wojnarowski. Grant should be a perfect fit as a versatile striker who will immediately improve his porous defense and can take some of the offensive responsibility off Lillard’s shoulders. Having a real scoring threat on the wing will be a nice change of pace for the Blazers, who have relied on a small backcourt for so long.
Best of all for the Blazers, they didn’t have to give up much to get a player who will make their team better. A first-round pick three years later means a lot more to a rebuilding Pistons team than it does to a Blazers team trying to win now. Second-round picks and trades are kind of crap.
Wyatt Carlson of Last Word on Sports scored Portland with an A and the Pistons a B-, highlighting Grant’s defensive prowess.
There have been trade talks regarding trading Grant for Portland’s 7th pick in this year’s draft. Portland was able to come up with a second option to partner alongside Lillard who really play to their skills without going over such a high draw capital. In fact, they don’t even give up one of their own picks, so they have the ability to rebuild at any time without worrying about giving up a high lottery pick.
In previous years, Portland’s second option was CJ McCollum, another undersized guard who hurt them defensively. Grant is a player who, as a 6’8″ winger, can use his length to have a high impact on the defensive side of the ball. Portland had targeted a bigger player to partner alongside Lillard after leaving McCollum at the trade deadline. Bringing in a player as good as Grant who has averaged 19.2 points and shot 35.8 percent from three will completely change Portland’s offense. This will be the best wing Lillard has played since playing with LaMarcus Aldridge.
Portland was also able to retain Anfernee Simons in this trade as well. This means they will be competing for the playoffs while still having young players in Simons and the 7th overall pick to help the rebuilding process going forward. Simons managed to average 17.3 points without Lillard last season and may be able to move up to shooting to start alongside Lillard.
Zach Harper of The Athletic (subscription required) saw the deal as a B for Portland and C+ for Detroit. also congratulating the Blazers for the amount they had to give up.
Grant is a very good pickup for the Blazers. Putting someone with his ability and versatility on both ends of the floor is starting to bring back a lot of veteran craftsmanship that we’ve seen missing for most of 2021-22. Chauncey Billups ended up having to play with a lot of guys most NBA fans had never heard of, and the result set the record for most 30-point losses in a season (15!). Now the direction is pretty clear. Come back to the playoffs. Go back to making it look like a competitive team. And ask Damian Lillard for the help he so desperately needs. The acquisition of Grant is the first part of this.
The Blazers used the seventh pick in this draft as bait to try to acquire veterans who can help this team win right away. Some of the rumors circulated around them after Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby, and really, it’s the next move or set of moves that will tell us just how good this deal is for Portland. If that’s the main move the Blazers pull off, then it’s going to be a pretty tough season yet again.
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is time in the NBA, and he really took off after he arrived in Denver. In Detroit, he was asked to be a top scorer and he put up 20.9 points per game on 55.6% true shooting. Add to that his defensive abilities and he can help the Blazers in many areas that they have been lacking in recent years. They need switchable wings at both ends of the ground, and Grant gives them one. However, he is only contracted for 2022-23. Portland is absolutely making this trade assuming they can re-sign him, but that’s not a given. The Blazers need more help than Grant, and they’ll have to make sure he’s a long-term solution. The closet of this list is still pretty empty.
Clutch Points’ Karl Rasmussen graced the Blazers with an A and the Pistons with a lowly C, highlighting the possible impact Grant can have playing alongside Damian Lillard.
The Blazers have made the decision to retool the roster, rather than rebuild it, and continue to look to build around Damien Lillard. Whether or not that call will pay off in the long run remains to be seen, but given the Blazers are determined to stay competitive, Grant is a great addition to the squad. A 3-D specialist, Grant is exactly what the Blazers have been missing on the wing in recent years.
Last year in Detroit, Grant averaged 19.2 points per game, shooting down 1.9 3s per night at a 35.8% clip. He was a reliable offensive threat on the perimeter and is also a talented defender. Grant is capable of playing in both attacking positions and could slot into the vanguard, lining up alongside Lillard, Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart and Jusuf Nurkic in what would make for a formidable starting five.
The Blazers got the valuable wing asset they’ve coveted since the trade deadline, and they didn’t even have to give up their first-round draft pick to get it. Portland will add Grant to the roster while being able to attract young talent with the seventh overall pick. It’s an absolute win for the Blazers, who landed a quality play at a very insignificant cost.
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