Preparations for the 2022 Draft and « free agency » are officially launched in Michigan: ESPN announces indeed that the Pistons send Jerami Grant to Portlandin exchange for a first round of the 2025 Draft, which originally belonged to Milwaukee.
Important information, because it means that the choice will certainly be at the end of the first round of the 2025 Draft, since the Bucks, barring cataclysm, should continue to occupy the leading roles in the Eastern Conference within three years.
The two clubs also exchange their second round choices: Detroit now holds the 36th choice, while Portland will choose in 46th position (in addition to the 57th). In addition, the Pistons get two second-round picks from the Blazers in the trade: one for the 2025 Draft, the other for the 2026 Draft (the most favorable between Portland and New Orleans).
For the Blazers, who wanted to reassure and surround Damian Lillard this summer, it is certainly a great operation: Jerami Grant lands in Oregon without the 7th pick included in the deal.
On the side of the Pistons, the transfer had been in the pipeline for several weeks, but one can be surprised by the meager counterpart obtained in exchange for the strong winger. In any case, by offloading the last year of Jerami Grant’s 20.9 million dollar contract, the Michigan club lightens its finances, one week before the opening of the « free agency ».