RUMOR: Pistons’ outlook on trading Jerami Grant amid interest from Celtics, other teams
With the NBA trade deadline looming in the near distance, franchises have reached out to the Detroit Pistons about Jerami Grant’s availability. It’s no surprise as 7-year veteran is having a career year, averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
Although it’s been speculated the Boston Celtics have interest in Grant, it seems as though the Pistons have other plans in mind. They are looking to sell Wayne Ellington, and potentially buy out Blake Griffin’s contract, however, keeping Jerami Grant seems to be in the best interest for the Pistons, according to The Athletic’s James L. Edwards.
“Grant is in the midst of his best season as a pro, and despite him not being selected for his first All-Star appearance this year, many teams have checked in on his availability and made offers, per league sources. However, Detroit appears to have no interest whatsoever in trading Grant, who is averaging 23.4 points this season and is in good position to win the NBA’s Most Improved Award, per league sources.”
This news shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, as Grant has been Detroit’s most reliable player this season. With a young core on the roster, it seems the front office is pleased with Grant’s play this year, to the point they might make him the focal point of their rebuild.
Once young players like Killian Hayes and Sekou Doumbaya get adjusted to the league, this Pistons team could very well have three legitimate players on the roster to build around. For Detroit, keeping Grant gives the front office the freedom to build the rest of the roster, as they likely view him as their centerpiece.
Catch Jerami Grant and the Pistons take on the New York Knicks Thursday night, as the Knicks aim to get over the .500 mark.