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Blazers complete trade for Pistons forward Jerami Grant

Portland will send Detroit a 2025 first-round draft pick from Milwaukee along with multiple second-round picks.
Credit: AP
Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) moves the ball up court in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday officially announced the completion of the trade that will bring Detroit Pistons power forward Jerami Grant to Portland. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was the first to report that Portland and Detroit had agreed to the trade back on June 22.

"Jerami Grant is a dynamic two-way forward that can impact winning at a high level," Trail Blazers general manager Joe Cronin said in Wednesday's press release. "He fits seamlessly into Coach Billups' system on both sides of the ball. We could not be happier to have him in Portland."

The Pistons sent Grant and the draft rights to Ismael Kamagate, the 46th overall pick in the NBA draft to Portland. The Blazers traded the rights to Kamagate to the Denver Nuggets on draft night for a future second-round pick, the more favorable of Minnesota and Charlotte's 2024 second-round selections, the team announced Wednesday.

To complete the trade, the Blazers sent the draft rights to Gabriele Procida, the 36th overall pick in the draft, a 2025 first-round pick via the Milwaukee Bucks and second-round picks in 2025 and 2026 to Detroit.

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The Blazers were able to absorb Grant's $21 million salary using a trade exception it created in the deal that sent CJ McCollum to the New Orleans Pelicans at the February trade deadline.

Grant fills one of Portland's biggest needs this offseason: a starting power forward. Over the past two seasons, Grant, 28, has averaged 20.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 steals per game, while shooting 42.8% from the field, 35.3% from the 3-point line and 84.2% from the free-throw line.

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At 6-foot-8 with a 7-3 wingspan, Grant has enough size and length to defend power forwards inside and he's athletic enough to switch out and defend on the perimeter. He developed a reputation as a skilled 3-and-D forward with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets before taking on a larger role on offense the past two seasons in Detroit.

Portland and Detroit have been discussing a Jerami Grant trade since the February trade deadline.

Grant is the son of Harvey Grant, who played 11 seasons in the NBA, including with the Blazers from 1993-1996. Jerami was born to Harvey and Beverly Grant in Portland in 1994. Grant's uncle, Horace Grant, won four NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers.

TRADE DETAILS

To Portland

  • Jerami Grant
  • Draft rights to Ismael Kamagate, the 46th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft

To Detroit

  • Draft rights to Gabriele Procida, the 36th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft
  • 2025 first-round pick via Milwaukee
  • 2025 second-round pick
  • 2026 second-round pick (most favorable of Portland or New Orleans)

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