Recently, the Portland Trail Blazers opened up their pocketbooks and resigned Jerami Grant to an enormous five-year $160 million extension. The contract will keep Grant on the roster through the 2027-28 season and he will become an unrestricted free agent in the 2028 offseason.
With Grant set to turn 29 in the 2023-24 season, he will be under his current contract until he is 34 years old. There is a strong chance that this will be the final major long-term contract that Grant will receive in his career. Last season with the Trail Blazers, Grant would average 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 47.5% from the field and 40.1% from three.
While these are very impressive numbers and Grant has come into his own in recent years, many have speculated that this was still a bad move for the Trail Blazers. Some have even gone as far as to allege that this deal was made in a last-ditch effort to keep Damian Lillard content enough to remain a member of the team. However, all signs point to it not being enough to keep him in Portland. Lillard has made it clear that he wants to join the Miami Heat, and his agent has gone as far as urging other teams not to trade for him.
With Lillard off of the roster, the Trail Blazers will finally be forced to go into a full-scale rebuild that likely should have started a handful of years ago. The front office will begin to build the team around the young core of Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simons, and Shaedon Sharpe. Each of these players is still very young and has shown a fair amount of potential.
However, with the team going into a rebuild, it makes Grant a very awkward fit on the roster. By the time Portland builds up a solid enough team to compete in the postseason, Grant likely will be a far different player than he is today. He does not fit the team’s championship window at all.
Despite this, his skillset makes him a very solid fit around Henderson. The rookie point guard struggles with his outside shot and has been compared to players like Derick Rose and Russell Westbrook. These players are at their best when they are surrounded by shooters that can help space the floor and open up lanes to drive to the basket.
With Grant shooting an elite 40.1% from three last season, there is no doubt that he can fill it up from deep. However, unless they plan to eventually trade Grant for draft picks or young players, there was no real reason to bring him back to the team, especially for this large of a contract.
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