The Detroit Pistons and Jerami Grant agreed to a massive three-year $60 million deal that will see Grant man a starting forward role for the Pistons and require additional moves to make the money work.
Detroit doesn’t have the space to sign Grant to this deal so it is obviously contingent on another move. Earlier Friday, the Pistons also agreed to a three-year $24 million with Nuggets center Mason Plumlee.
According to NBA capologist Keith Smart, the Pistons will execute the Grant signing and its flurry of other moves by waiving and stretching the recently acquired Dewayne Dedmon and Rodney McGruder.
Yes, after suffering for years under the $5.3 million cap hit from waiving and stretching the disastrous contract that was Josh Smith, the Pistons are forfeiting roughly $3.8 million of their cap space for the next five seasons.
That doesn’t matter so much in the immediate future with the Pistons rebuilding and looking like one of the worst teams in the league. But being one of the worst teams in the league means you really have no business kneecapping your own financial flexibility like this.
Grant has blossomed into a star in Denver as an energetic and high-flying wing alongside stars Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. Before his year in Denver, he established himself as one of the more promising wings in the league in Oklahoma City Thunder.
Troy Weaver must have liked what he saw when he was in OKC. The problem is, Detroit doesn’t have the offensive focal points that have allowed Grant to shine elsewhere. There is no Jokic and Murray, and no Paul George and Russell Westbrook like he had with the Thunder.
For the love of God, there better not be a Westbrook involved.
Grant, however, doesn’t seem to think he needs an alpha like Westbrook or Murray and Jokic by his side. The Nuggets reportedly offered the same exact deal to retain Grant, but Jerami opted to go to Detroit for the promise of a more prominent role in the offense.
League source:— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) November 21, 2020
The Denver Nuggets offered the same contract to Grant as the Pistons did (3 years, $60 million) but Grant wanted a bigger role as I reported earlier. That is the defining reason for his departure. https://t.co/7kY6No6paT
He apparently wants his time to shine.