‘Very good chance’ Nuggets re-sign Jerami Grant
Grant, who is expected to opt out of his player option this offseason, could command up to $16 million per year. According to Singer, the Nuggets and Grant could possibly “reach a deal somewhere in the neighborhood of four years for $64 million.” There are other suitors, though.
The Nuggets acquired Grant from Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick last offseason. Grant, who’s only 26 years old, played higher than expectations this season, having the best season of his career. Grant averaged 12 points, 1.2 assists and 0.7 steals per game. However, his stats don’t tell the whole story.
In the playoffs, Grant took up the challenge of guarding Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James—and he did a fairly good job guarding both of them. When Grant guarded Leonard in the second round, he shot 45 percent from the field. Even though that’s a good percentage for Leonard, Grant made is difficult for him to get off his shots, something no player has done to Leonard this season.
Then in the Western Conference Finals, Grant held LeBron to 46 percent from the field. However, when LeBron guarded Grant, he shot an astonishing 62.5 percent from the field, which is the highest percentage a player has had on James in the 2020 playoffs thus far.
With that said, Grant certainly proved his worth in the 2020 playoffs. Due to his spectacular performances in the bubble postseason, Grant might be one of the biggest free agents on the market this offseason.