NBA Trade Rumors: Jerami Grant Wants to Control His Own Destiny at the Trade Deadline

Jerami Grant is one of the most in-demand players on the market ahead of the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline. But while the Detroit Pistons likely want to make the best deal available to them, Grant is reportedly hoping to negotiate his way to a contender.

Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers might welcome reports suggesting the Pistons aren’t getting a ton of concrete offers for Grant. However, their interest in the versatile swingman might end up null and void if Grant gets his way.

Plenty of teams could use Jerami Grant’s services

Jerami Grant is the kind of wing presence that typically garners plenty of attention at the NBA trade deadline.

Although Grant hasn’t played since Dec. 12, his skill set makes him a top target. The 27-year-old is an athletic and switchable forward who can space the floor and make plays in transition.

Grant has taken on a more significant role with the Pistons, averaging 21.6 points in 78 games with Detroit. He’s shown a propensity to get to the free-throw line and score off the bounce, a welcome development for a guy who previously excelled mostly in pace-and-space systems.

The overall improvements Grant made to his game are notable. But his strong play as a No. 3 option and hyper-athletic 3-and-D type in past seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets could suit a team like the Chicago Bulls, and certainly the Lakers.

That said, Grant might not have much of an interest in being on the third rung.

Grant reportedly gave the Pistons a list of preferred trade destinations

Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant dunks the ball during an NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers in November 2021
Jerami Grant dunks during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 30, 2021 | Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The NBA is a business, and guys can change teams with the drop of a hat. Some players have more say in their fate, but teams usually look out for their own interests.

Jerami Grant allegedly hopes to take control of his future before the NBA trade deadline.

On the Hoop Collective podcast, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported (h/t RealGM) that Grant gave the Pistons a list of preferred trade destinations. Windhorst added that Grant’s list likely reflects his apparent desire to sign a lucrative extension this summer.

“[Grant] still wants to sign a contract extension this summer. I think he’s eligible for one over $100 million. If he gets traded somewhere, he wants to get traded somewhere he’s going to get paid. I was told his representation came to the Pistons and said, ‘If you’re going to trade him, here’s a list of teams we would be interested in going to play for.'”

–Brian Windhorst

It might come down to whether Grant prioritizes winning or money. Windhorst reported the Pistons aren’t even sure whether they plan to trade him before the deadline, and Detroit is in the best shape to offer him a massive extension.

The Pistons are still in rebuilding mode. However, considering Grant is still just 27 years old, Detroit might feel that the Portland native can contribute to winning.

All of the intrigue makes Grant one of the top players to watch ahead of the Feb. 10 deadline.

Can the Pistons find a deal that works for both team and player?

While it’s probably pointless to guess at the teams on Grant’s supposed list, one could probably presume he wants to go to a more competitive team that offers him the chance to cash out and maintain a high-usage role.

Will Detroit find an appropriate deal with that kind of suitor?

The Bulls could have an inside track on Grant given the Pistons’ purported interest in Patrick Williams. Yet Bleacher Report‘s Jake Fischer reported that Chicago hopes to make a deal without including Williams.

The Portland Trail Blazers have reportedly expressed interest in adding a wing player like Grant. Additionally, he’d likely have more involvement in Portland’s offense compared to potential usage in LA or Chicago. But the Blazers probably don’t have the assets to swing a deal unless they’re willing to part with significant draft capital. That’s not exactly preferable given Damian Lillard’s injury and the uncertainty of where Portland could stand at the NBA trade deadline.

Fischer reported the Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings are expressing interest in Grant. Both those franchises have also been linked to Ben Simmons, but the Hawks and Kings could pivot if the asking price on Simmons remains too high, and the two organizations have fairly decent assets. Still, Grant’s purported desire to sign an extension could make those teams hesitant to make a trade.

Jerami Grant might hope to land with specific teams. Ultimately, though, the Pistons control his fate ahead of the Feb. 10 deadline.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.

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