NBA rumors: Heat interested in Jerami Grant

Add Jerami Grant to the list of players expected to interest the Heat this offseason. Grant is expected to opt out of his $9.3 million player option with Denver, but it would be a coup if Miami could land him with its $9.3 million mid-level exception. Grant, a 6-8 swing forward, averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 26 minutes and shot 38.9 percent on threes in 71 regular season games, including 24 starts. He averaged 11.6 points during Denver’s postseason run, starting 16 games and coming off the bench in three others.

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Jerami Grant and Denver have significant mutual interest in a new deal, sources said. Grant will decline his $9.3 million player option for next season, sources say, and Detroit, Phoenix and Dallas are expected to show interest in him. Grant has established himself as a starting forward for a contending NBA team, providing 3-point shooting, slashing and defensive versatility. The 26-year-old averaged 11.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 19 postseason contests during Denver’s run to the Western Conference Finals.
Mike Singer: I think there’s a very good chance the Nuggets retain Jerami Grant for a few reasons. First of all, their cap situation is such that they wouldn’t be able to sign a player of his caliber from the free agent pool. Secondly, the Nuggets know how valuable Grant is, particularly in the Western Conference. The Nuggets probably wouldn’t have made it out of the first round without him, and they certainly don’t beat the Clippers without him. I think both sides are motivated to reach a deal somewhere in the neighborhood of four years for $64 million. That’s just an educated guess.
At least three other teams are expected to have interest in luring Grant from the Nuggets, according to two league sources. Those three teams are the Atlanta Hawks, the Phoenix Suns and the Detroit Pistons. Only a handful of teams will have cap space, including those three. It’s always possible a team like Orlando makes a trade and create the requisite space to go after Grant.
Jerami Grant wants to be back with the Denver Nuggets next season. Whether that happens may be up to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. Grant, who is expected to opt out of his player option, according to a league source, made himself invaluable throughout the Nuggets’ postseason run.
Grant is due $9.3 million next season if he decides to opt into his current contract, according to hoopshype.com’s salary database. A league source suggested Grant could command anywhere from $14 million to $16 million annually over several years.
“I think (Nikola Jokic) and ‘Mal, Mike (Porter Jr.), everybody did a good job of just moving the ball, making it easy for us, making it easy for me, on the offensive end,” Grant said, following Saturday night’s Game 5 loss to the Lakers, which ended Denver’s season. “I tried to step up on the defensive end.” Asked specifically whether he wanted to be part of the team moving forward, Grant said: “I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Asked directly if he’s leaning towards becoming a free agent, Grant didn’t shy away, telling Haynes “I’m definitely not leaning towards picking up the player option. Like you said, I feel like I definitely outplayed the $9 million that I’m making each year right now. But at the same time… I’d love to come to a conclusion or something like that with Denver, it just depends what we discuss and negotiate when the time comes.”
Making an appearance on Yahoo Sports’ Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast, Denver Nuggets power forward Jerami Grant discussed a myriad of topics, including his preferred format for the NBA’s return, why the Nuggets are often overlooked, his uncle Horace Grant and his impending player option. Grant, 25-years-old, has a $9.3 million player option for the 2020-21 season after signing a three-year, $27.3 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018. However, Grant has played the best basketball of his career over the last two seasons, leading to obvious questions of if he believes he can obtain a more lucrative contract in free agency this offseason.
Grant has the option to become one of six free agents for the Nuggets this summer, and keeping him in a Denver uniform has been signaled as a priority for the organization from the moment it surrendered a 2020 first-round pick to pry him from Oklahoma City. The choice for Grant: opt in to the final year of his contract, which would pay him $9.3 million next season, then test unrestricted free agency in 2021; or decline the option and seek a multiyear deal now, be it with the Nuggets or another team.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic paused the NBA season and cast uncertainty on the league’s future financial season, Grant seemed all but assured of turning down the option and signing up for a multiyear contract with an annual payout well into eight figures. But with questions lingering about how much financial damage teams are set to absorb and how much that could alter future spending, the idea of securing guaranteed money on the table may be more appealing.
With free agency potentially looming, it’s a good bet Grant will turn down his $9.3 million player option this upcoming summer and see what he might command in a thin class. How the Nuggets handle both he and Millsap’s impending free agency will likely determine how much flexibility they have this summer. “We’ll see how it goes in the offseason,” Grant said. “It’s definitely all situational, but I’m definitely comfortable here. I love my teammates, love the coaches, everything.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed forward Jerami Grant to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
“We are thrilled to have Jerami continue his development and career with the Thunder,” said Presti. “Jerami's versatility and overall speed are an important aspect to our effort to evolve and build on our style of play going forward. We believe Jerami's best basketball is in front of him.”
Alex Kennedy: One thing I've been hearing: The Oklahoma City Thunder aren't sure that they'll be able to re-sign Jerami Grant. It's possible the 24-year-old gets a bigger offer from another team and they don't keep him.
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The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have re-signed restricted free agent forward Chris Boucher to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boucher, 6-foot-10, 200 pounds, averaged 6.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, a team-high 1.0 blocks and 13.2 minutes in 62 games last season. He shot .472 (141-299) from the field, .322 (38-118) from three-point range and .784 (91-116) at the free throw line. Boucher scored in double figures in 15 games with three 20-point outings and recorded five double-doubles. He also led the reserves in scoring 13 times.
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What do you expect from Steph this year? Andre Iguodala: I think they will be motivated from last year. I think it was good for them to have that time off. Going to that many Finals takes a toll on a body, especially what is expected from him. It was good for him to just be able to let the brain settle down from the last five years. I think Steph is in his bag right now in terms of the prep he’s been putting to get ready for the upcoming season. I’m really, really excited to see what he comes out and does. They have an interesting team. They made some good pickups. I like (Kelly) Oubre (Jr.) a lot. I like the draft pick (James Wiseman). Brad Wanamaker I like a lot. I got to play against him in the Eastern Conference finals. I think he’ll thrive in that system, and he is going to be really solid and a calming figure for them. Draymond (Green) has been putting his work in this summer too to get back out there. I think Steph’s going to have a big year.
But Wood was now a different person. A better player, too. His shooting had improved. He was stronger. Not only did he beat out Johnson, but he then passed Thon Maker on the Pistons’ depth chart. When Blake Griffin got injured and the team traded Andre Drummond to Cleveland, Wood found himself thrust into the starting lineup. (Wood said that after the deal, Drummond texted him a picture of a man passing a torch.) He responded with an All-Star-caliber stretch, averaging 22.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. “I knew I could do this the whole time,” Wood said. After a game against the Magic last season, Orlando head coach Steve Clifford, who coached Wood in Charlotte, approached him. “He’s like, ‘Man, you’ve gotten so much better than where you were before,’” Wood recalled. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I told you so,’ and walked off on him.”
Mullin said that Wiseman, the No. 2 pick, “is going to be a star” and is already impressed with the 7-foot-1, 251-pound center’s athleticism and poise. He said Bazemore, who has eight seasons of NBA experience, brings another reliable veteran presence. And he said that the Warriors would be happy if Oubre simply replicated his prolific numbers with Phoenix over the past two seasons. “To me, the biggest factor for these guys when it comes to replacing Klay Thompson and what he did is consistency,’’ Mullin said. “They need to be consistent in their contributions night after night.”
The only real issue here is that he’s been a bit of an inconsistent shooter throughout his career. But a source at Oklahoma State told me that he’s come to preseason workouts and been the team’s second-best shooter behind 3-point marksman Ferron Flavors. If Cunningham is really a shooter now, it’s kind of a wrap for opponents because there isn’t really an easy way to stop him. I’d bet on Cunningham averaging something in the ballpark of 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists at Oklahoma State this season, and being in the mix to win the national player of the year award. He is the big lead ballhandler that everyone is looking for, plus he has a real winner’s mentality that consistently leads to positive team play and good results.
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