The Detroit Pistons have reportedly traded forward Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for a 2025 first-round pick (via Milwaukee) and other draft assets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pistons turned heads when they signed Grant to a three-year, $60 million contract. While a solid role player for the Denver Nuggets, many wondered whether he would provide enough on the court to justify a $20 million annual salary.
In general, Detroit had a dreadful 2020 offseason. The team’s moves were panned at the time, and they didn’t look any better as they finished last in the Eastern Conference at 20-52.
However, Grant was one of the franchise’s few sources of excitement. He averaged 22.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 54 appearances.
His production didn’t slip much this past year. He put up 19.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He missed a long stretch of time due to surgery on his right thumb to repair torn ligaments.
In general, Grant’s efficiency has dipped a bit compared to his pre-Pistons run.
He shot 42.8 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc in 101 games with Detroit. Those numbers were 46.5 and 34.7 percent, respectively, prior to 2019-20. That’s to be expected considering he has a 27.2 percent usage rate with the Pistons compared to 18.4 percent for his career, per Basketball Reference.