How the Norman Powell trade hurt the Jerami Grant market

Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cory Joseph #18 of the Detroit Pistons works against Norman Powell (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

If that’s what the Detroit Pistons will get for Jerami Grant, then keep him

My first reaction to the Powell trade was “that’s it?!?”

Powell is a good player who can absolutely be the third option on a title contender, which is exactly what the Clippers are hoping they just got.

Covington is not bad himself, so I thought this was a gross underpay for these two players and showed just how desperate the Trail Blazers were to get under the tax.

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Jerami Grant is marginally better than Powell when you factor in defense, but they are pretty close to the same tier. When you add in Covington, I’d say the two of them are more valuable than Grant.

Is this the type of deal the Pistons can expect to get in a Jerami Grant trade? If so, count me out, as this was a poo poo platter of mediocre players and a worthless pick.

Grant is still on a value contract for next season and I’d rather let him play it out and walk for nothing than take a deal like this.

I don’t know how teams around the NBA view Grant as compared to Powell, but I can’t imagine teams giving up significantly more for Grant when they could have had Powell for so little.