The NBA trade deadline is inching closer every day, and the Detroit Pistons have encountered some issues in trading one of their best players.
According to The Athletic’s James L. Edwards III, the Pistons have difficulty attracting trade offers for forward Jerami Grant.
“In regard to Grant and the trade market, I’ve gathered that the offers aren’t pouring in right now. The majority of the chatter and interest you’ve heard in regard to Grant are more conversations than anything concrete. I do expect that to change as the deadline gets closer, but as of now, from my understanding, not many formal offers have been placed in front of Detroit.”
Grant is coming off a career season for the Pistons in 2020-21, where he averaged career-highs in points per game (22.3) and assists per game (2.8) and started more games than at any point in his career. Grant is still averaging quite a few points so far this season, 20.1 points per game, but is shooting uncharacteristically poor from the field at 41.4 percent shooting from the field and 33.1 percent from the three-point line.
The Pistons are in full-on rebuild mode, with the team currently second to last in the Eastern Conference with a record of 11-36. Trading Grant will likely be a priority for the Pistons as they continue to acquire assets to build around rookie guard Cade Cunningham.
The Pistons had already tried to get involved in the trade market this season when they accepted a trade with the Denver Nuggets to bring in center Bol Bol, but the transaction was revoked because Bol failed a physical.
Grant is in his eighth season in the NBA, having played previously with the Pistons, Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Philadelphia 76ers.
The NBA trade deadline is just a few weeks away, with teams having until Feb. 10 to make a deal.