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Nuggets to face competition from Mavs, Suns, Pistons for Jerami Grant

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In his first season with the Denver Nuggets, forward Jerami Grant established himself as a starting caliber player capable of playing for a title contender. He was an important part of the Nuggets’ playoff run last season, which saw pull off comebacks against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers before reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2009. 

But his stellar play last season and especially in the NBA Bubble has attracted the attention of other teams, making him one of the more coveted free agents on the market. 

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that the 26-year old Grant and the Nuggets have expressed mutual interest in signing a new deal, but that he is expected to decline his $9.3 million player option next season. Aside from Denver, other teams that are reportedly also interested in acquiring his services are the Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, and the Dallas Mavericks. 

Jerami Grant, who was traded to the Nuggets from the Oklahoma City Thunder last season for a 2020 first round pick, emerged as the fourth-leading scorer for Denver, averaging 12 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 71 games, shooting 47.8% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc. His 3-pointing shooting and ability to guard multiple positions will make him an important addition to any team that acquires him.  

The former Syracuse player was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2014 Draft with the 39th overall pick, spending his first three seasons with the Sixers before being traded to the Thunder and then finding his way to the Nuggets.