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Pistons, Suns, Hawks to pursue Nuggets’ Jerami Grant in free agency

Jerami Grant, Nuggets, Pistons, Hawks, Suns

The Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks will pursue Denver Nuggets swingman Jerami Grant in free agency this offseason, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post.

Grant becomes an unrestricted free agent once he officially declines his 2020-21 player option with the Nuggets worth $9.3 million.

Via Singer:

Jerami Grant, who is expected to opt out of his contract, according to a league source, would prefer to stay in Denver given his importance and the Nuggets’ window for contention.

At least three other teams are expected to have interest in luring Grant from the Nuggets, according to two league sources.

Those three teams are the Atlanta Hawks, the Phoenix Suns and the Detroit Pistons. Only a handful of teams will have cap space, including those three. It’s always possible a team like Orlando makes a trade and create the requisite space to go after Grant.

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 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, where the Nuggets erased two 3-1 series deficits but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, Grant played great on both ends of the floor. He put up 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists and helped the Nuggets defeat the Utah Jazz in the first round and the Los Angeles Clippers in the conference semifinals.

It will be interesting to see if the Nuggets open up their pockets and re-sign Grant. Denver has to address Paul Millsap’s free agency this offseason as well, so that is something to keep in mind.