The Detroit Pistons Jeremy Grant has been forwarded to the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2025 first-round pick by Milwaukee Bucks, with the league source confirmed to Free Press.
The Pistons are sending Grant $ 21 million in commercial exemptions, with Detroit having about $ 43 million in cap space this summer.
ESPN was the first to report this development.
2025 First-Rounder Top-Four Protected. Pistons and blazers are also changing second-round options this year, with Detroit ranked 36th overall and Portland 46th. In addition, the Blazers are sending their own 2025 second round pick to the pistons and the more favorable for them is their own second round pick and the New Orleans Pelicans second round pick in 2026.
Troy Weaver, general manager, made it clear that the pistons would not settle in any potential grant agreements. Sources say clearing the extra pay limit is a priority and Detroit has achieved that goal. Even if the pistons do not receive the draft capital or assets that some expect or expect, they will have considerable flexibility this off-season and will be able to facilitate additional deals if they wish.
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This summer the trade has further cemented the existing pistons among the league leaders in the cap space to become a bigger player in the free agency and trade market. The Pistons have an interest in the Phoenix Sons Center Diandre Aiton, who enters a limited free agency and is also rumored to be interested in Charlotte Hornets Forward Miles Bridges (Michigan State) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton.
You can also choose an agreement that expires on a salary dump for additional assets in Detroit. According to sources all those options are on the table. Pistons are also looking at the 2023 free agency class, which is expected to be stronger than 2022. They have the flexibility to go in many directions – not for the franchise in recent seasons.
Grant signed a three-year, $ 60 million contract with Pistons in 2020. He immediately settled into Detroit’s primary offensive line, averaging 22.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 2020-21 and 19.2 points and 4.1 rebounds last season. The grant is eligible for an extension of up to $ 112 million over four years. It remains to be seen whether Portland will give him that extension.
In Portland, Grant will have the opportunity to compete in the playoffs alongside US Olympic basketball teammate Damien Lillard last summer. According to sources, Portland is the desired landing place of the grant. The Trail Blazers won just 27 games last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013, but will have to compete next season with healthy Lillard, who played less than 29 games in his career last season due to abdominal injury and surgery.
The pistons will have a fifth and 36th total options in Thursday’s draft.
Contact Omari Sankofa II at Osankofa@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @omarisankofa.