Jerami Grant agrees to 3-year, $60M deal with Pistons
After a strong finish in the Orlando bubble with the Denver Nuggets, Jerami Grant has agreed to a three-year deal worth $60 million with the Detroit Pistons, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Deal negotiated by agent Mike Kneisley.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
Jerami Grant, who opted out of his $9.3 million player option last week, was highly expected to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets for around $16 million per year, according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post. However, after the Pistons offered him an astonishing amount of $20 million per year, so it seemed like a “no-brainer” choice for Grant.
This past season, Grant had arguably the best season of his career after averaging 12.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 26.6 minutes per game. Although his stats aren’t exactly eye-popping, his overall defense is what helped the Nuggets in the past season.
In the playoffs, Grant had to guard two of the top players in the NBA in Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James–and he did a phenomenal job guarding both of them. When Grant guarded Leonard in the Western Conference Semifinals, Kawhi shot 45 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. Although those are good shooting percentages for Leonard, Grant made it difficult for him to get his shots off, which is something no player has done to Leonard.
In the Western Conference Finals, Grant shot an astonishing 62.5 percent from the field against LeBron, which is the highest shooting percentage a player had on LeBron in the 2020 playoffs.
Nevertheless, the Pistons will certainly be getting a top-tier player in Grant. Although $20 million a year may seem a lot, Pistons general manager Troy Weaver made the right decision by signing Grant. They’ll be seeking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2019.