Forward Jerami Grant said the Blazers have offered a four-year contract extension, but that he may wait until the spring to make a decision, per Jason Quick of The Athletic.
“I’m kind of focused on the season at hand right now,” Grant told Quick. “Probably will wait until after the season and talk to (general manager) Joe (Cronin). Everything is good. I like it here. Really enjoying it. So, yeah … we will discuss it when it’s time.”
Grant has until June 30 to decide on the extension, which is worth $112 million, per Quick.
- The Blazers are likely to receive calls on Grant if he doesn’t receive an extension ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline, per Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
Guard Bones Hyland has become a hot name on the rumor mill a week before the trade deadline, and has emerged as one of the most likely players to be traded, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.
“While true that trading Hyland is one of the Nuggets’ few obvious avenues to make an in-season roster upgrade — most likely targeting a defensive specialist with more size — league sources say that Hyland has also been made available because of concerns about his defensive shortcomings and some recent tensions over playing time,” Stein wrote.
- Former NBA coach George Karl tweeted that he thinks the Nuggets should indeed trade Hyland. “He’s a great talent but inexperienced and his shot selection could kill a potential NBA championship team in the playoffs,” Karl wrote.
- The Suns seem to be looking more for reserves than starters in trade calls, per Matt Moore of Action Network.
- Rival executives are keeping an eye on point guard Chris Paul, per Moore. While he hasn’t come up in trade rumors, new Suns owner Mat Ishbia could decide the team needs to go in a different direction, as Paul turns 38 in May.
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