Negatives of Pistons not trading Jerami Grant at the deadline

Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) drives to the basket as forward Jerami Grant (9) sets a pick Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) drives to the basket as forward Jerami Grant (9) sets a pick Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kelly Olynyk #13 of the Detroit Pistons passes to Jerami Grant . (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons have been at the center of NBA trade rumors, with Jerami Grant seemingly at the top of just about every contender’s wish list.

There has been speculation for weeks and at this point it would seem strange if the Pistons didn’t trade Grant given the amount of smoke around his name.

Here’s a recap of the Jerami Grant trade rumors and you can add Sacramento to the list as well, as they reportedly expressed interest in the Pistons leading scorer.

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It makes sense for a rebuilding team to try to cash in on its best trade asset, but there is also an argument for keeping Grant and letting him adjust and grow with this young team, which is now clearly being led by rookie Cade Cunningham.

What if the Detroit Pistons don’t trade Jerami Grant?

The Pistons do have all of the leverage at the trade deadline because moving Grant is not imperative, so if the right offer is not there, they can just walk away.

He still has another year left on his contract, and we haven’t really gotten a chance to see how he fits with this young core. Grant is a player who chose Detroit in free agency and wants to try to make it work.

He’s on a value contract that the Pistons could move in the offseason or even at next year’s trade deadline, and it does seem counterproductive for a young team trying to take the next step to trade away one of their few reliable NBA players.

But keeping Grant could also cause some problems, both in terms of player development and his value on the trade market.