Ultimately, Detroit felt there was not a package significant enough to ship off its best player. But if he were traded, there was a strong chance Grant would have returned to his hometown and become a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
According to James Edwards III of The Athletic, the Blazers held the “strongest interest” in trading for Grant.
Intel on why Jerami Grant remains a Piston, year-long interest in Marvin Bagley III and the importance of flexibility.— James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) February 10, 2022
Now that the NBA trade deadline is over, here's intel & tidbits on the trade(s) DET did and didn't make.
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Ultimately, Grant stayed but the interest that the Blazers had is significant.
The Blazers appeared to be heading for a rebuild this week after trading CJ McCollum, Norman Powell and Robert Covington, but the interest in Grant aligns with general manager Joe Cronin’s statements that the team plans to retool and restructure a competitive and contending team around Damian Lillard rather than tear down the team completely and rebuild.