Detroit Pistons trade Jerami Grant to Portland Trail Blazers for first-round draft pick
The Detroit Pistons traded 28-year-old wing Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for a top-four
Grant averaged 19.2 points (on 43/36/84 shooting splits), 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.9 minutes over 47 games for the Pistons last season.
He was an integral role player for the Denver Nuggets during their run to the 2020 Eastern Conference finals before seeking more playmaking responsibility in free agency.
The Pistons gave him a three-year, $60 million contract and higher usage in 2020, and he emerged as a fringe All-Star candidate.
All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, and he might be the best of a bunch that has included Norman Powell,
Trevor Ariza, Rodney Hood, Mo Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, among others.
The upgrade is a necessary one to improve a roster that won 27 games without Lillard for the majority of last season.
The Blazers traded Covington, Powell, Larry Nance Jr. and Lillard's longtime backcourt partner, CJ McCollum, prior to the deadline in February,
hoping to expedite a rebuild around their franchise player.