Celtics’ basketball president Danny Ainge admitted last month: Boston doesn’t have a championship list.
With trading close on March 25, the Celtics, who are only 18-17 years old this season, will be calling multiple teams in hopes of finding a batsman to stand alongside franchise cornerstones Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum . However, they may need to lower their expectations a bit.
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According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Jerami Grant, the Detroit forward, is one of Boston’s top trading destinations. Grant is in the middle of a career year, averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game after signing a three-year $ 60 million deal with the Pistons in the last off-season. ESPN’s Tim Bontemps recently reported that rival executives expect the Celtics to be looking for “a player who can either play forward and get a hit,” and Grant is the one for him.
There is one big problem here for the Celtics, however: it takes two sides to get a deal. James Edwards III of the Athletic explained why the pistons are highly unlikely to move Grant before the deadline.
Grant’s relationship to [Pistons general manager Troy] Weaver is very strong. It’s a big reason the 26-year-old left a prosperous Denver situation to join the Pistons rebuild. Grant is considered a franchise component and embodies everything that Detroit expects from its culture.
According to all information, Grant will be in a flask uniform for as long as he wishes.
Grant left the nuggets for the pistons because he wanted an expanded role and the opportunity to play for a black GM in Weaver and a black head coach in Dwane Casey. He has rewarded Weaver’s trust by exceeding all expectations, even when the Pistons don’t win many games. Everyone in Detroit knew the team wasn’t able to fight for a title this year.
At this point there is simply nothing to suggest the Pistons are ready to discuss Grant’s availability. Ainge and the Celtics might want it, but that doesn’t mean they’ll get it.