The trade happened early in the season, hours before the third game. The Thunder had been inquiring about Grant for a while before the deal occurred. “This is something that Oklahoma City has pursued for some time,” Colangelo said. “They’ve expressed an interest in Jerami Grant over the course of time. The offers continued to get richer and richer. This led to the right timing from our perspective when the offer became realistic for us to make a move with Jerami, who we viewed as a nice young piece here.”
“The injuries that we’re all aware of forces some of this,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said of the trade. “You’re really trying to remain competitive and get a positionally-balanced type of roster. The injuries, I think, maybe expedited some of these decisions.”
T.J. McConnell was preparing for Tuesday’s game against the Magic when his phone rang. Jerami Grant was calling to let McConnell know he had been traded to the Thunder. “I was really sad,” McConnell said. “I know a lot of people around here are sad because Jerami was like the favorite guy in the locker room. Everyone loved him.”
Robert Covington described Grant’s personality as “unmatched." Nik Stauskas noted Grant was one to lift spirits amid the flurry of struggles. Grant experienced 28 wins and 138 losses during his time with the Sixers.
Derek Bodner: If the 1st round pick doesn't convey, would convert to 2 second-round picks (2022, 2023), per source.
Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today the team has acquired forward Ersan Ilyasova and a conditional first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for forward Jerami Grant.
Royce Young: The Thunder also generate a $7.5 million trade exception in this deal, which expires a year from today.
“This is a unique deal that allows us to address both short term needs and longer term goals at the same time," Colangelo said. "Ersan will bring us much needed perimeter shooting, floor spacing and roster balance, while the acquisition of a future pick or picks should continue to drive our ability to generate future roster building options. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank Jerami for his valuable contributions to our team and for always being the respectable and classy professional that he is.”
The Thunder have been trying to find an athletic forward to complement their roster and pursued Grant as a short-term solution. Oklahoma City has maintained a strong interest in making a deal for Sacramento forward Rudy Gay, but the Grant deal allows the franchise to save money with the departure of Ilyasova’s $.8.4 million contract this season.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that the Sixers made the trade to KEEP Ersan Ilyasova. They've wanted a stretch four to help Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor. Beyond the additional spacing that Ilyasova should bring, trading for him brings Philadelphia within roughly $8 million of the salary floor.
Jeff Zillgitt: The pick the Thunder are sending the Sixers is a future first-rounder but with multiple protections, I've been told.
Derek Bodner: Can confirm @Jeff Zillgitt report that the pick the #sixers are getting is a conditional 1st. No word yet on protections.
Jake Fischer: As @Jeff Zillgitt reports the Sixers receive a protected first rounder, don't be surprised if the Sixers waive Ersan Ilyasova pretty shortly.
Adrian Wojnarowski: OKC sends Ersan Ilyasova and a conditional future pick to the Sixers, league sources tell @The Vertical.
“Tonight represented an opportunity to build the versatility, depth and skill of our basketball team. Victor, Ersan and Domantas represent the character, work ethic and toughness that we relentlessly pursue with the Thunder. Through the continued emergence and development of our core, we were able to capitalize on the opportunity to acquire three highly skilled professionals,” said Sam Presti. “I want to acknowledge Serge for his contributions to the ongoing legacy of the Thunder. He has been integral to our success and growth, has been a great community member and we wish him only the best.”
“Serge (Ibaka) is a young veteran who brings tremendous athleticism and toughness to our frontcourt. His tireless work ethic and wealth of playoff experience will help enhance our culture and roster. We thank Victor (Oladipo) for all of his contributions both on the court and in the community. We wish him and Ersan (Ilyasova) the best of luck in the future,” said Rob Hennigan.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Orlando will send Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and rights to Sabonis to the Thunder, sources said.
Eric Pincus: Interesting but the Magic renounced the rights to Willie Green and Jeremy Richardson to make the Brandon Jennings/Ersan Ilyasova deal. @BBallInsiders
Eric Pincus: I need to verify - but guessing the Magic also renounced their Moe Harkless TPE to get under the cap, along with Richardson/Green @BBallInsiders
Eric Pincus: In theory, if the Magic acquire Ilyasova/Jennings while under cap, either can be packaged in an additional trade with others. If the Magic had acquired Jennings/Ilyasova over the cap - can't re-trade in a package tomorrow - added flexibility? I need to do further research, but that's my interpretation as to why Green and Richardson were renounced. As far as trade math - no reason Magic needed to get under - as Harris for Jennings/Ilyasova is a natural match at $16 mil & $16.2 mil @BBallInsiders
Eric Pincus: If my take is correct, the Magic would be able to package say Brandon Jennings and Channing Frye at $16.5 mil in outgoing salary, if ORL under cap. The only "cost" for ORL to get under the cap would have been the rights to Willie Green, Jeremy Richardson and the remaining Mo Harkless TPE
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has acquired forward Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic in exchange for guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova. “We are pleased to welcome Tobias Harris to our organization,” said Jeff Bower, General Manager for the Detroit Pistons. “Tobias adds good versatility as a ball handler and scorer who can play both forward positions. He also has good experience for a young player and will fit well with the young core we have assembled on our roster. We appreciate the contributions made by Brandon and Ersan to our organization and wish them well moving forward.”
The Orlando Magic have acquired guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for forward Tobias Harris, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. “Brandon (Jennings) and Ersan (Ilyasova) are two veterans that will help balance our roster and provide valuable experience to our team,” said Hennigan. “Both players bring scoring, competitiveness and added depth to our roster. We want to thank Tobias (Harris) for his contributions, both on and off the court.”
Detroit Pistons: OFFICIAL: #Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris in exchange for Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova. Welcome Tobias!
Orlando Magic: TRADE ALERT: We have acquired Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova from the @DetroitPistons for Tobias Harris.
Reggie Jackson: Wish Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova the best in Orlando. Teammates only a short time but y'all was real #funtimes #toomanylaughs
Reggie Jackson: Detroit, give a warm welcome from the cold D to @Tobias Harris. Welcome to the squad bro #Pistons #Detroitveverybody
The Detroit Pistons have acquired Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova, a source told ESPN's Chris Broussard on Tuesday.
Sam Amick: No other pieces in deal, I'm told. Pistons-Magic finalizing deal to send Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova to Orlando & Tobias Harris to Det
Marc Stein: Regarding his looming trade to Detroit, Tobias Harris tells ESPN's Chris Broussard: "I'm ready to make the playoffs."
Sam Amick: The talks were reported by @Michael Scotto. Nothing done, but seeming likely at this point.
Marc J. Spears: Pistons finalizing deal to send Tobias Harris from Magic for Brandon Jennings & Ersan Ilyasova, source told Yahoo. @Michael Scotto reported 1st
Chris Broussard: Source: Orlando trades Tobias Harris to Detroit for Brandon Jennings @ Ersan Ilyasova
June 30, 2022 | 6:25 am EDT Update
There’s mutual interest between Malik Monk and the Sacramento Kings, per @JakeLFischer h/t @TheSteinLine (Spotify Live) #NBATwitter
June 30, 2022 | 12:16 am EDT Update
NBA star Miles Bridges was arrested for felony domestic violence in Los Angeles on Wednesday, TMZ Sports has learned. The 24-year-old forward — who most recently played for the Charlotte Hornets — turned himself in to a local jail regarding an alleged physical altercation that happened on Tuesday.
Law enforcement sources tell us a woman claims she was in an argument with Bridges that turned physical. We’re told police were called to the scene, but Bridges was gone by the time cops arrived. We’re told the woman required medical attention.
“When Kyrie announced he was opting in, I was like ‘okay, we can move on. This won’t be a thing,’ said Windhorst. “But that’s not what my phone was telling me. That’s not what the executives were telling me. That’s not what the agents were telling me. They are saying this ain’t over, because the Nets made it clear to everybody they did not want the status quo. If nothing else changed, they were not going to be happy. They were not sure if that this satisfied that situation.