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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Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) and Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Pistons: Jerami Grant’s trade value may never be higher

Another potential negative to doing nothing at the trade deadline is that the Pistons might miss their best chance to cash in on Jerami Grant as a trade asset.

There have been a lot of teams mentioned in connection to Grant and the Pistons could have a bit of a bidding war if they play it right with some team ultimately giving up a nice haul that will benefit the Pistons more in the long run.

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Any team trading for him now knows they will have him for this season and next, with the chance to extend him long term, which should make him more valuable to any team that has the cap space to absorb him next season.

On the flip side, being on the hook for Grant’s $20 million next season might turn away teams that are up against the tax or don’t see a pathway to signing him long term.

But with so many teams in contention and the NBA as wide open as it has been in years, Grant’s value might be at its peak, so from a purely business perspective, it makes sense to move him now.

There is a lot to think about with Jerami Grant as a player, person, teammate and trade asset and I don’t envy Troy Weaver as he tries to make what will be the most important move so far in his career as Detroit’s GM.

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