Jerami Grant
Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons warms up before a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder wearing a shirt in support of the victims of the Oxford High School shooting at Little Caesars Arena on December 06, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images


  • Jerami Grant has been a big part of the Portland Trail Blazers strong play this season
  • The Trail Blazers find themselves in prime contention for a playoff spot with Grant on the floor
  • The trio of Grant, Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons are proving to be a formidable group

The Portland Trail Blazers were hoping to make a massive leap this season after making a trade for Jerami Grant in the offseason and it appears to be paying off for them big time.

Portland finds themselves among the top teams in the Western Conference with a record of 11-9, which is currently good for seventh and has a narrow gap between them and ensuring a playoff spot for them come April.

In Grant's case, he has been playing splendidly as he is averaging 21.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.9 blocks in a career-high 36.4 minutes of action a night.

With his level of play, the public could not help but wonder what his plans are in the offseason as his three-year, $60 million deal that he signed with the Detroit Pistons is coming off the books in the summer and will become an unrestricted free agent.

Grant recently spoke with Michael Scotto of HoopsHype and addressed these concerns.

"I'm satisfied right now. I'm really happy with what we're doing. We'll just talk about it when it comes," Grant mentioned.

His fit in Portland cannot be understated as the trio of Grant, Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons are one of three trios to average 20 or more points in the NBA this season.

Other names on that list include the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and James Harden plus the Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma.

Keeping Grant is of the utmost importance for the Blazers as playoff contenders, or those on the cusp of it, will be looking to go after him with a big-money deal.

According to Spotrac, teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder ($40.6 million), Minnesota Timberwolves ($21.2 million) and the resurgent Sacramento Kings ($25.9 million) will have more than enough cap space to go after the two-way star based on their projected practical cap space.

All three teams above could use the services of Grant as the Thunder need to get out of the Western Conference's basement at one point, the Timberwolves could use a wing to bolster their already formidable starting five while the Kings seemingly have all the tools to make noise in the playoffs.

There is hope that the Blazers can keep him on the team as Lillard also had high praise for his new co-star, saying that Grant's skills allow both him and Simons to take a breather when needed and not exert as much energy on the defensive end, as he mentioned in the same interview with HoopsHype.

The Blazers are finally on the cusp of contention thanks to the acquisition of Grant and how he plays the rest of the season will surely dictate his market value.

Keeping Grant in Portland is of utmost importance for the franchise as they hope to finally build Lillard a team that is potentially worthy of competing for a title soon.

Ben Simmons (L) and Damian Lillard (R)
Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers dribbles the ball against Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers Getty Images | Mitchell Leff