Jerami Grant to be traded to Portland for Detroit – CBS Detroit

A person with knowledge of the situation said the Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Olympic gold medalist Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers, with most of the return being a first-round pick in 2025.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 10: The Detroit Pistons’ Jerami Grant #9 dunks the ball during the second half against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on November 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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Detroit gets the 36th pick in the draft on Thursday and what would have been Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 2025, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the deal publicly.

ESPN first reported on the trade deal, along with the detail that the 2025 first-round pick is protected in the top four.

Grant’s salary, nearly $21 million for next season, is roughly the same amount as the trade exception Portland created in February when it traded CJ McCollum to New Orleans.

It also gives Portland a huge boost after a disappointing season, one in which perennial All-Star Damian Lillard missed much of the year with injury. He and Grant were teammates on the US Olympic team that won gold at the Tokyo Games last summer.

The most significant reward for Detroit in making the move is salary-cap space. The Pistons now have about $44 million in cap space available this summer, with free agency starting in about a week.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MARCH 7: Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons plays against the Atlanta Hawks at Little Caesars Arena on March 7, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Grant, who played his college basketball at Syracuse, averaged 19.2 points in 47 games with the Pistons last season and has seen his numbers improve a lot in the past two years. In his first six seasons, he averaged 9.3 points while playing for Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Denver.

But in his two seasons with the Pistons, Grant averaged 20.9 points.

And the trade serves as a kind of homecoming. Grant was born in 1994 when his father, Harvey Grant, was in the first of his three seasons as a member of the Trail Blazers.

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