Jerami Grant trade rumors: Pistons split on trading forward who’s looking for 4-year, $100 million extension

As the February 10 trading deadline approaches more and more, we keep learning more about who may (or may not) be trading. The latest posts focus on Detroit Pistons forward Jeramy Grant, who could be one of the biggest names to move in this year.

For now, though, there appears to be disagreement within the Pistons’ front office over whether Grant should be traded, according to veteran NBA reporter Mark Stein. Here is the latest news from his newsletter:

Two Fridays ago, I wrote about GM’s Troy Weaver Pistons’ longstanding rapprochement with Jerami Grant and how this could lead to Detroit rejecting all of Grant’s business interests on deadline in a prime potential example of even a supposed sales team refusing to sell. Some of the rival clubs are now describing what amounts to a split within the organization over holding or trading the grant… with Pistons vice president, Arn Tellem, who said he is open to spot trade.

Among the issues working against the deal: Detroit wants a relative amount of Grant while Grant is said to be seeking a major offensive role with a new team as well as a four-year contract extension in excess of $100 million. Sacramento was mentioned this week as an applicant designed to award the grant but it is unclear if the Kings can meet the Pistons’ asking price. I was told that Atlanta is not actively pursuing Grant (with the mandatory caveat that there is still time to change this position).

The Pistons currently have the second worst record in the league at 11-37 and are in the early stages of a long rebuild. Grant, who will turn 28, doesn’t fit his schedule and is the most valuable business asset (aside from Cade Cunningham, who’s clearly not moving). In the meantime, he has a set of skills that can help a lot of teams and he has a very reasonable contract.

In a vacuum, it is an ideal commercial filter. But as we know, trades don’t happen in a vacuum and there are some factors that may not make Grant trading easy. As Stein noted, Grant and the Pistons, GM Troy Weaver, have a long-term relationship dating back to Oklahoma City. Playing for Weaver and Dwane Casey in Detroit meant a lot to Grant, as he told The Athletic earlier this year:

“Whether it’s on the field or off, there’s a sense of understanding that you get from — and I won’t say everything, but the majority — black people who have been through and are still going through some of the struggles that we’re having,” Grant said. “I think that gives you a better connection, makes it a little easier and makes you feel better about yourself when you have people around you who are just like you.

“Being around Troy, knowing what Troy is, what he stands for…meeting Coach Casey and understanding his condition, that played a big part in him. I know what Troy stands for and how he’s going to move throughout his time here.”

The NBA is a business, and Weaver has to do better for the future of the Pistons, but it’s clear based on reports and quotes that he won’t trade Grant just for his trade.

Likewise, some of Grant’s personal preferences may complicate matters. For example, he reportedly wants to maintain a major offensive role wherever he plays. This was part of the reason he left the Denver Nuggets to join the Pistons on free agency in 2020. Nobody can go wrong with that because it’s fun to have the ball all the time, but most contenders already have players who manage their offenses. If Grant isn’t happy in a secondary or even a third role, he might make some teams wary of trading on his behalf.

Then there is the question of his future contract. While Grant’s current deal is valid until 2023, he is said to be seeking a four-year extension worth at least $100 million. In a recent podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe said, “Teams have the impression that they want the first two people, maybe one interesting young player or two interesting young players and one first.” That’s a huge price to pay, and you’ll only pay if you see Grant as part of your long-term future, and are committed to giving him that extension. This, again, could limit the number of teams interested in making a move.

In short, Grant will still be a name to watch during the deadline, but we shouldn’t be shocked if he doesn’t trade.

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