2. Warriors spend big on Grant
The Trail Blazers traded Damian Lillard for a massive haul this offseason and are facing a total rebuild. Scoot Henderson, Shaedon Sharpe, and Anfernee Simons figure to be long-term pieces for Portland, but they could shop their veterans before the trade deadline.
Jerami Grant signed a five-year $160 million contract in free agency. The Blazers hoped it would be enough to convince Damian Lillard to stay, but now they must decide how to proceed. Grant is 29 years old and can play multiple roles. If the Warriors are searching for size, they could offer this package before February’s deadline.
Grant has scored over 19 points per game for four straight years and is a career 35.8 percent shooter. The 6’8 forward can guard virtually every player on the floor and helped the Nuggets reach the conference finals inside the bubble in 2020.
He may not be the perfect fit in the Bay Area, but would give the Dubs capable scoring and defending if they decide to go small in the playoffs.
Jerami Grant’s contract likely prevents the Portland Trail Blazers from getting a massive haul in return. They could try to flip Chris Paul before the deadline or use him as a mentor for their young guards. Portland would hope the Dubs 2028 first falls in the lottery as they should be preparing to contend.