Lillard trade request won’t change Blazers’ intention to sign Jerami Grant to huge contract

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Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Damian Lillard’s trade request doesn’t change Portland’s intention to sign Jerami Grant to the 5-year, $160 million contract agreed upon Friday, sources tell ESPN. Free agent deals can’t be formalized and signed until July 6. – 2:27 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
If im Jerami Grant im going straight to Staples, making a thousand copies of that contract, and blocking Joe Cronin’s number until i get a delivery confirmation from the league office. Direct signature required. – 1:13 PM
Yossi Gozlan @YossiGozlan
My favorite part about Damian Lillard’s trade request is that he made it after the Blazers committed $160M to Jerami Grant. – 12:27 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Joe Cronin “Hey Jerami, about that 5 year deal…” – 12:16 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
To those asking:
No, the Jerami Grant contract is technically not final, but yes, the Blazers are going to give it to him anyway.
Teams don’t rescind agreements in the moratorium period. It would ruin their league-wide credibility. No team would cross Rich Paul like that. – 12:14 PM
Dan Favale @danfavale
that jerami grant just got so much more confusing – 12:14 PM
Zach Kram @zachkram
So, uh, has Portland officially signed the five-year, $160 million contract with Jerami Grant yet? – 12:10 PM
James Plowright @British_Buzz
Portland made such a big deal about trying to upgrade in free agency. What did they even try to do apart from resign Jerami Grant? It’s almost like they wanted to force Dame to ask out to win the PR battle – 12:10 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I guess what I’m wondering is… what did the Blazers think was going to happen when they literally only signed Jerami Grant on Day 1 of free agency?
Like, they had to have an inkling that this was coming. Why not just trade him during the week? – 12:10 PM
Chris Herrington @ChrisHerrington
So, um, that Jerami Grant contract … – 12:01 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Why would you give Jerami Grant that contract then??? – 11:59 AM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
…did Jerami Grant know this was coming? – 11:58 AM
NBA Free Agency: Damian Lillard got Jerami Grant PAID as Blazers break the bank with a risky deal…1:54 AM
Sean Highkin @highkin
New: Hitting free agency after being recruited by Damian Lillard, at the exact moment the Blazers are attempting to keep Lillard from requesting a trade, is a hell of a lot of leverage for Jerami Grant.…1:23 AM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
In terms of average annual value, Jerami Grant is now the 12th-highest paid forward in the NBA.
I… don’t think this is a group of players Grant compares favorably to.
I also can’t say I agree with the wisdom of giving a 29-year-old a five-year deal when no one else could. PM
The Ringer @ringernba
📝 The Biggest Contract of Day 1: Jerami Grant
📝 The Most Precarious Road Ahead: Dallas Mavericks
📝 The Biggest Beneficiary of the NBA’s Amorphous Age: Bruce Brown
@dannychau:…10:57 PM
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
Our roundup of free agency continues to roll on, now with analysis of the Jerami Grant contract, the Lakers’ moves, Khris Middleton returning to Milwaukee and more:… (ESPN+) – 10:47 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Blazers fans since Jerami Grant signing. PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
So far in #NBAFreeAgency
Most spectacular move: Jerami Grant 5-year/$160M to Blazers
Most value for money move: Kyle Kuzma 4-year/$102M to Wizards or Bruce Brown 2-year/$45M to Pacers.
Most underrated move: Gabe Vincent 3-year/$33M to Lakers. – 7:53 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jerami Grant, Aaron Gordon, and now Bruce Brown all broke out in DEN as extremely high value role players.
It’s a credit to each of the players first and foremost. But I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that good role players shine bright in DEN given their style of play. – 7:43 PM
Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
Portland Trail Blazers sign Jerami Grant to five-year extension worth $160 million…7:16 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Jerami Grant signs a new five-year, $160 million deal with Blazers…7:03 PM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Imagine telling a Sixers fan back in 2015 that one day Jerami Grant and Kyrie Irving would sign long-term contracts on the same day, and that Jerami would get more guaranteed money than Kyrie did. I know Kyrie got more annually, but that’s still wild. – 7:03 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Jerami Grant resta a Portland con un ricchissimo contratto: cinque anni a $160 milioni…7:01 PM
Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
New $160M deal for Jerami Grant in Portland…6:58 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
With James Harden opted in and Kyrie Irving and Khris Middleton re-signing on three-year deals, it now appears likely that the free agent to earn the most guaranteed money in 2023 will be Jerami Grant. – 6:53 PM
Jerami Grant returning to Blazers on five-year, $160 million deal, per report…6:53 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Jerami Grant getting the most guaranteed money of any free agent looks like it’s going to happen. Mock offseason predicts all! @DannyLeroux @kpelton @DanFeldmanNBA PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
My instant grades are up for:
-Jevon Carter (hell yes)
-Porzingis extension
-Jerami Grant
-Bruce Brown
-Coby White
and more incoming shortly!…6:51 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Financially speaking, Jerami Grant’s decision to pick Detroit over Denver in 2020 is looking absolutely genius.
Aaron Gordon was acquired to replace Grant. Gordon’s current deal is four years, $86 million. Grant just got nearly twice that.
Grant got his bag. – 6:41 PM
Jerami Grant got PAID 💰
(via @ramonashelburne) PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Jerami Grant agrees to a five-year, $160 million deal to return to the Trail Blazers, per @ShamsCharania 💰 PM
Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Five-years, $160 million for Jerami Grant. Wow. – 6:25 PM
Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
One main reason Jerami Grant didn’t come to an extension agreement with Portland prior to free agency was the chance to get that additional, fifth year, sources said. What may amount to the difference of $30 million. – 6:25 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
It was the price of doing business. But I wouldn’t want to be the one paying a 34-year-old Jerami Grant somewhere in the region of $40 million. – 6:25 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Good for Jerami Grant. Got his bag (AND YEARS). Another good dude. – 6:23 PM
Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
The Portland Trailblazers are in agreement with free agent forward Jerami Grant on a 5-year, $160 million contract, his agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports tells ESPN. – 6:23 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Free agent forward Jerami Grant and Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul have agreed on a five-year, $160 million deal to return to the Portland Trail Blazers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 6:21 PM

More on this storyline

Aaron J. Fentress: Regarding Jerami Grant: A source told me two days ago that Lillard leaving would not necessarily signal a complete rebuild and that keeping Grant would remain in play. However, Grant made it clear that he wants to win. A sign-and-trade of Grant could make the most sense. -via Twitter @AaronJFentress / July 1, 2023
StatMuse: Jerami Grant new average salary is $32 million per year. That is higher than: Brandon Ingram Jamal Murray Devin Booker Jalen Brunson Karl-Anthony Towns Tyler Herro -via Twitter @statmuse / June 30, 2023

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