Due to the NBA trade deadline quickly approaching, it seems like a majority of NBA teams have been linked to Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant. When Grant signed with the Pistons, the hope from both sides was that he would blossom into the true number one player for Detroit while helping lead them to victories. The issue, however, is that despite Grant playing well for them, it hasn’t translated to Detroit winning many games. Last season the Pistons finished as one of the worst teams in the league, helping them gain the first overall pick in this past draft. Thus far, the same result has occurred this season as the Pistons are at the bottom of the standings once again. To Grant’s credit, he has seen an increase in production and has turned himself into a really nice player, thus the interest from many opposing teams for him.
Grant has currently been out, nursing an injury, but was playing some really good basketball prior to getting hurt. He has averaged 20.1 points per game, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists on 41.4 shooting from the field. Those statistics show that Grant can help a team win games, if he is surrounded by other talented players. Enter in the Dallas Mavericks, who once again sit in the middle of the Western Conference standings despite having a superstar in Luka Doncic. Doncic is good enough to carry the Mavericks to the playoffs, but the team has failed to get past the first round in their two appearances with Doncic. Adding in a player like Grant could help propel Dallas into the higher tier of teams in the Western Conference.
Grant brings playoff experience from his time with the Denver Nuggets, even battling against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James in the conference finals just a short time ago. He would give the Mavericks a versatile forward who has the ability to take on the tougher defensive assignments, something the team has been lacking of late. He also is a good three-point shooter, shooting over 33 percent from the arch this season. His scoring abilities could take some of the scoring load off of Doncic and would give the Mavericks a nice compliment to their star guard.
The currently have Kristaps Porziņģis to pair with Doncic right now but he has proven that he can’t be relied upon come playoff time, as durability has been a major concern. He has not played more than 57 games in a season since his second year in the NBA. If the team is able to add Grant, this would give them some insurance in case Porziņģis can’t go and if he is available, would allow Dallas to have a strong three-man scoring punch. They are in need for a true secondary star and Grant would allow them to move closer to having that.
Grant would fit right in with this Mavericks team and would completely boost their chances come playoff time. The supposed asking price for Grant has been rumored to be two first round picks or one first round pick in addition to a young player with upside. If this is true, the Mavericks certainly have the potential pieces to get a deal done and bring Grant to Dallas. Now is the time to strike a deal for Grant and owner Mark Cuban should push to make this move to add a good young player into the fold of what they are building as a franchise.