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Blazers Have ‘Zero Interest’ in Trading Jerami Grant, Says Insider

Jerami Grant is the subject of trade rumors, but the Portland Trail Blazers may not want to move him.

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With NBA trade season creeping up, many people are trying to wedge Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant in potential deals.

However, according to Blazers insider Danny Marang, a deal for Grant appears unlikely.

As we get closer to trade season and every publication puts Jerami Grant as the photo for their trade primer article - I continue to hear the Portland has zero interest in moving him.

They’re very happy with him, his role and his production w/this young team.

Grant, 29, just signed a five-year contract with the Blazers this offseason and is playing arguably the best basketball of his career. He’s averaging a career-best 22.7 points per game this season while shooting just north of 40 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

The reasons to keep Grant are the same to trade him. He has a lot of value, and the Blazers could get more for him than probably any asset on the roster not named Shaedon Sharpe or Scoot Henderson. However, there’s a reason why the Blazers want to keep Grant around and why they invested so much in him to begin with.

In order to get through this rebuild, the Blazers are going to need veterans to help the young players both on and off the court, and that’s the role Grant serves on this team. There could be a day where he isn’t worth keeping around, but that day is probably not going to come between now and the Feb. 8 trade deadline.