KEY POINTS

  • Jerami Grant has been billed as the top target ahead of the NBA trade deadline
  • The Bulls have the best potential offer for Grant, but the Grizzlies are not far behind
  • The Pistons are urged to hold off on all trades until next season

The trade rumor mills are working overtime as the days get closer to the NBA trade deadline set for February 10, and Detroit Pistons star Jerami Grant is in the center of it all.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer noted that a strategist from the team believes Grant’s playing style “fits everywhere,” while an anonymous front office executive thinks that the Pistons are in no rush to move him--similar to the Aaron Gordon situation with the Orlando Magic last season.

Multiple title contenders have been linked to Grant, but other fringe playoff teams could also make a run for Grant.

The link to the Chicago Bulls is already obvious at this point as they are the likeliest team to swing for the fences in trying to bring Grant in for a package that features currently injured second-year forward Patrick Williams.

Using ESPN’s Trade Machine, the Pistons’ expected return for Jerami Grant has them receiving Williams and forward Derrick Jones Jr to make the financial side work while adding in future picks to the deal.

Another team that could feasibly go after Grant is the Washington Wizards thanks to his grassroots connection with the franchise as a native of the D.C. area.

His father, Harvey, also played seven seasons for Washington and the 27-year-old has flashed shades of his father’s on-court influence with the way he finishes around the rim.

Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal is not getting any younger but trading him to the Pistons might not be the best for either side as there will definitely be a logjam on both ends.

Detroit already has a wealth of guards, while the Wizards are already dealing with a loaded frontcourt.

A package for Grant from Washington will surely need to involve youngsters Deni Avdija and 23-year-old Japanese forward Rui Hachimura, something that the Wizards might regret in the long run.

The Memphis Grizzlies might want to inquire about Grant as well ahead of the trade deadline as he would be the ideal running mate for their core of Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and the emerging Desmond Bane.

Moving on from oft-injured forwards Dillon Brooks land Kyle Anderson looks to be the smart play and including Brandon Clarke plus one of their three first-round picks for next season and two second-rounders might be enough to entice the Pistons to let go of Grant.

However, the third-seeded Grizzlies are not looking to rush into the title picture anytime soon as the Western Conference is stacked for the foreseeable future with the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns staking their claims for the top.

The Lakers remain competitive enough to be a threat to the West as long as LeBron James is on the roster, but the in-fighting within multiple personalities might restrict them from reaching their full potential.

With the Pistons aiming for another top pick at the conclusion of this season, they might have their eyes on either Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren or Duke forward Paolo Banchero in the 2022 NBA draft.

If interested teams are not looking to blow out other teams on packages for Grant, then it may be best for Detroit to just hold onto him and see what happens next.

Jerami Grant Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons looks to pass against Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter at Moda Center on November 30, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images