For most Philadelphia 76ers fans, “The Process” brought joy as fans were able to see the development of the club’s draft picks. Jerami Grant was one such player as he started out as a second round pick and developed into a solid role player for the Sixers.
Grant was traded from the Sixers in the 2016-17 seasons and has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, and Detroit Pistons. However, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Grant was traded on the eve of the 2022 NBA Draft from the Pistons to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Former Sixers’ Grant traded from the Pistons to the Blazers.
Grant along with the 46th pick is going to Portland. In exchange, the Pistons are getting a top-4 protected pick via Milwaukee in 2025, the 36th pick in this draft, their own 2025 second rounder back, and a 2026 pick as well. Not an ideal haul for a player of Grant’s abilities, but not a terrible one.
In his two seasons with Detroit, Grant has had the best stretch of his career playing at a borderline All-Star level. He averaged 20.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks, while shooting 35.3 percent from the 3-point line.
This is a win for the Blazers as they are trying to quickly retool around superstar Damian Lillard. Adding Grants gives Portland an elite two-way player who’s one of the better defenders in the NBA.
This is a good first step for the Blazers to acquire the form Sixers’ player, but they still have a long way to go. The Western Conference is projected to be even better next season. Based on their current core of Lillard, Grant, and Anfernee Simons, the Blazers might have enough to make a run at the play-in tournament.
Grant’s going to a good situation where he doesn’t have to be the primary option on offense but still be near the top of the pecking order in Portland. Sixers fans should be rooting for Grant to have a good season with his new team.