Veteran forward Jerami Grant has been at the center of multiple trade rumors in the past few weeks, and as we relayed earlier, his agents even gave the Pistons a “wish list” of potential destinations should they trade him.
Apparently, the Lakers aren’t on that list, despite the fact they were supposedly interested.
Per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, Grant indicated he is not privy to the idea of becoming a third frontcourt option behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis in LA. That would seem to mean that Grant-to-the-Lakers isn’t happening ahead of the Feb. 10 trade deadline.
“I’ve actually heard Lakers have passed on Jerami Grant,” Pincus said on The NBA Chat podcast, via TalkBasket. “He doesn’t want to play a tertiary role behind Bron/AD.”
Pincus did stress in a follow-up tweet that he did not intend to suggest the Pistons made an offer and the Lakers rejected it. No matter, it makes sense that Grant would find a potential role with the Lakers to be unfavorable.
Still, he does stand a chance to get traded somewhere, with the Jazz reportedly making him a top target.
“I was told his representation came to the Pistons and said, ‘If you’re going to trade him, here’s a list of teams we would be interested in going to play for,’” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said on The Hoop Collective podcast, via RealGM.
That said, the Pistons and Grant are said to have a good relationship, and there’s no sense they are determined to move him.
“The Pistons are not even sure if they’re going trade him, much less trade him to one of those teams (on the wish list),” Windhorst added.
Grant, 27, is 6-foot-8 and has also been linked to the Knicks and Wizards.
He has been out since Nov. 10 with a thumb injury, and is currently in health and safety protocols. He leads the Pistons in scoring at 20.1 points, and is also pulling down 4.8 rebounds.