A person with knowledge of the situation says the Detroit Pistons agreed to trade Olympic gold medalist Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers, with most of the return being a 2025 first-round pick.
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Detroit gets the No. 36 draft pick on Thursday and what would have been Milwaukee’s 2025 first-round pick, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the agree publicly.
ESPN first reported the trade deal, along with the detail that the 2025 first-round pick is among the top four protected.
Grant’s salary — nearly $21 million for next season — is virtually the exact amount of the trade exception Portland created in February when it traded CJ McCollum to New Orleans.
It also gives Portland a big boost after a disappointing season, one where perennial All-Star Damian Lillard missed much of the year injured. He and Grant were teammates on the US Olympic team that won gold at the Tokyo Games last summer.
The biggest gain for Detroit by making the move is ceiling space. The Pistons now have about $44 million in available space this summer, with free agency expected to begin in about a week.
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Grant — who played his college basketball at Syracuse — averaged 19.2 points in 47 games for the Pistons last season and has seen his numbers improve dramatically over the past two years. In his first six seasons, he averaged 9.3 points playing for Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Denver.
But in his two seasons with the Pistons, Grant averaged 20.9 points.
And trade serves as a sort of homecoming. Grant was born in 1994 when his father, Harvey Grant, was in his first of three seasons as a member of the Trail Blazers.
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