- The Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons pulled off the first big trade prior to the NBA Draft.
- The deal sends Jerami Grant to Portland for…a 2025 first-round pick.
- NBA fans can’t believe the low price for Grant and are up in arms at the deal.
Well, there we go.
The Detroit Pistons and Portland Trail Blazers are kicking things off with the 2022 NBA Draft almost here. On Wednesday, the Pistons sent Jerami Grant to the Blazers for a 2025 first-round pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Detroit has traded Jerami Grant to Portland for 2025 first-round pick via Milwaukee, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 22, 2022
Oh, and the first-round pick in 2025 belongs to the Milwaukee Bucks, so we can only assume it will be a late draft selection.
The Grant rumors had been going on for quite some time and the Pistons finally unload him in hopes of signing one or two marquee free agents this offseason.
However, they should have been able to get more, and NBA fans are not thrilled about this small return.
NBA Fans Explode After Jerami Grant Goes To Blazers In Huge Robbery
This was a cheap deal for the Blazers. A first-round pick THREE years from now, and one that belongs to one of the best teams in the NBA, at that.
NBA fans weren’t afraid to share their thoughts (when are they?)
LMAOOOOOOOO AND PISTONS FANS THOUGHT GRANT WOULD GET THEM THE 4th💀
— KingsMuse (@kings_muse) June 22, 2022
Wow that’s it
— Pistons Talk (@Pistons__Talk) June 22, 2022
— Aaron J. Fentress (@AaronJFentress) June 22, 2022
That’s all it took? Yeah y’all overvaluing a lot of these 3rd option/rotational players. https://t.co/ZE3JginEz3
— Laker Central (@LakerCentral365) June 22, 2022
Jerami Grant swapped for what is essentially a second round pick in 2025.
If the Christian Wood trade was a steal, this is a bank robbery https://t.co/PlPaZxjtHt
— ProCity Hoops (@ProCityHoops) June 22, 2022
no matter how you rate Jerami Grant, getting an established player for a protected first (from a good team) is just good business https://t.co/pS3blLZdYz
— Isaac K. Lee (@IsaacKLee) June 22, 2022
Of course, the Pistons must have something else planned, otherwise, this looks even worse.
My take: This feels like an appetizer to Detroit throwing the max at Deandre Ayton. https://t.co/TrIi5yZK9A
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 22, 2022
Seems like the trade here for Detroit is incomplete until we know what they use this cap space for. Seems pretty clear they prioritized clearing Grant’s money as opposed to maximizing the pick value they could have received back for him. https://t.co/1HEpQBdnEq
— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) June 22, 2022
Well, there you have it. The first big trade is Jerami Grant to the Blazers for a massive steal. Let’s see what happens next.