The Portland Trailblazers recently made a trade for forward Jerami Grant to try and give some help to star point guard Damian Lillard. In order to acquire the services of Grant, the Blazers parted with a protected 2025 pick that they received in a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. Portland also sent out it’s 36th pick for the Pistons 46th pick in the NBA Draft. They also did some pick swaps in the deal.
Grant is due to make $20 million this coming season and it will be the final year of his contract. It fits nicely into the massive trade exception that the trade created with their deal with the Pelicans, sending out CJ McCollum back at the trade deadline.
Grant should fit in well with the Blazers, playing alongside Lillard. Portland needs athletic wing players to play next to Lillard who can shoot and defend. Grant plays both of those roles and fits the bill of what the team wants. Grant can play both small and power forward and has showed the ability to move into the five spot when used in small ball lineups.
He shot 36.2% on catch-and-shoot threes last season and playing with Lillard should allow him to get some open looks. Grant can play off-ball which is a need when playing on a team with Lillard. He also brings over playoff experience from his time with the Denver Nuggets, battling against LeBron James in the conference finals. He is a versatile forward who can take on difficult defensive assignments, which is something that the team needed.
The team gave up very little to get a guy like Grant, so the Blazers offseason is off to a good start. The need to get this team back into playoff contention is apparent and they cleared a ton of cap space at the trade deadline. Portland is on track and this offseason is crucial because the future of Lillard remaining on the team is at stake. He has made it clear that he is loyal to Portland but for how long? So far so good for Portland for this offseason but the hard work starts now.