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Report: Jerami Grant to become a free agent after declining $9.3 million player option with Nuggets

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Denver Nuggets forward Jerami Grant is declining his $9.3 million player option for the 2020-21 season to become an unrestricted free agent, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Grant is expected to get paid handsomely after playing well for the Nuggets.

Jerami Grant appeared in 71 games for the Nuggets during the 2019-20 regular season. He averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists a night 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 at Walt Disney World, Grant put up 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. The Nuggets defeated the Utah Jazz in the first round and the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round despite falling down 3-1 to both teams.

However, Grant and Co. lost to LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals in five games.

The Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns are expected to pursue Grant once the free agency period begins. It will be interesting to see if the Nuggets open up their checkbooks and re-sign Grant, who is one of the better two-way players in the NBA. He has career averages of 9.3 points, 3.9 boards and 1.1 assists with the Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Nuggets.