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Report: Jerami Grant to draw interest from Heat in free agency

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The Miami Heat will reportedly pursue swingman Jerami Grant in free agency this offseason once he declines his 2020-21 player option with the Denver Nuggets, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

After Grant played well for the Nuggets in the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World, multiple reports stated he’s going to decline his $9,346,153 player option since he can cash in on a more lucrative deal in the open market.

The Heat, after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 Finals in six games, would certainly love to get a free-agent meeting with Grant and sell him on their winning culture.

Add Jerami Grant to the list of players expected to interest the Heat this offseason. Grant is expected to opt out of his $9.3 million player option with Denver, but it would be a coup if Miami could land him with its $9.3 million mid-level exception.

Grant averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game for the Nuggets during the 2019-20 regular season while shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.

In the 2020 playoffs against the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, Grant put up 11.6 points, 3.3 boards and 1.3 assists. Denver lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals in five games after erasing a 3-1 series lead versus the Jazz and Clippers.

Since entering the NBA, Grant has compiled career averages of 9.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists with the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Nuggets.

The Heat are going to be title contenders again next season with All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo leading the way. Before getting a potential meeting with Grant, though, the Heat have to address Goran Dragic’s unrestricted free agency. His absence in Games 2-5 of the Finals was felt.