Pistons included Jerami Grant in trade proposal for Ben Simmons, which was rejected by 76ers
Two names of the biggest names circulating around the NBA before the trade deadline are Jerami Grant and Ben Simmons. In a reported trade offer, Detroit offered Grant as the headliner in a large package to acquire Ben Simmons, which apparently was rejected by Philadelphia.
In addition to Jerami Grant, Detroit was offering Saddiq Bey, Kelly Olynyk, and a first round pick.
Unsurprisingly, Daryl Morey and the Sixers front office were not moved by this offer and denied it. Morey’s standpoint on wanting an All-Star caliber player in return for Simmons has not changed since July, and this saga could very well trail into the summer.
Philadelphia is familiar with Grant, he started his career here and played out his first 2.5 seasons before being traded to Oklahoma City. Since then he has played for the Nuggets and then blossomed as a Piston over the last two seasons.
Grant has posted career numbers in Detroit, averaging 21.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists since joining the Pistons.
He hasn’t played much this season, only appearing in 24 games and has been sidelined with a thumb injury. Grant has one year left on his contract after this season where he is set to earn $20.9 million, so Detroit is trying to move him while he still has value on his contract.
From reports in the recent weeks, it seems highly likely that Grant will be moved before the deadline passes on February 10th.
Detroit’s roster just isn’t talented enough to make a deal for Simmons. Grant is a solid player, but he plays the same position as Tobias Harris and doesn’t “move the needle” enough for him to be the centerpiece of any Simmons trade.
The only positive to sending Simmons to Detroit would be that he has to play out his contract in Michigan.