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.
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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.
TJ McBride: “I would foresee us bringing back everyone we possibly could.” -Calvin Booth, who also said that Denver values continuity.
Whenever NBA free agency starts, the Nuggets are expected to have competition in retaining versatile forward Jerami Grant. Grant, who is expected to opt out of his contract, according to a league source, would prefer to stay in Denver given his importance and the Nuggets’ window for contention.
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.”
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October 19, 2020 | 5:08 pm EDT Update
Breaking news: It’s not easy to stop Steph Curry from scoring the basketball.B Crazy, right? Is he the toughest cover for Jamal Murray? The answer is “yes,” and the Denver Nuggets star guard recently explained why to Ashley Nevel during a conversation posted to YouTube.
“One, because of his shot,” Murray said. “But two, because you don’t know what he’s gonna do. You don’t know if he’s just gonna pull it, you don’t know if he’s just gonna end up going by you, (or) if he’s gonna cross you over six times and then shoot and look away. “You have absolutely no clue what he’s gonna do.”
Kenny Atkinson on Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot: He’s got a great future and it’s really fun to watch a struggling guy end up winning in the NBA and securing a stable role, and making his mark in the league. That’s what he did and I’m sure he’s going to have another great season next year and have a long career in this league.
Michael Singer: Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin said MPJ & his brother, Jontay, were back in the gym playing ball just 2 weeks after the Nuggets left Orlando. “MPJ is a guy that if he wasn’t getting paid to play basketball, he’d find a place to play basketball.” (10:00 min) youtube.com/watch?v=eOPhUk…
October 19, 2020 | 4:55 pm EDT Update
Hey, Chris: Are the Cavs going to try to trade Andre Drummond? — Mike, Greenville, S. Carolina. Chris Fedor: Trading Drummond is a possibility — if he picks up his player option, which is all but certain. By rule, they could start shopping him immediately after, seeing whether the interest increases since he would be on an expiring contract. But trading Drummond isn’t the only option.
The real question is what happens after. At one point, there was mutual interest in an extension. However, the sides have been far apart in those preliminary discussions, sources say. The Cavs recognize Drummond’s talent but they are also honest about his flaws, especially in this pace-and-space era, where bigs like him are easy to attain. They don’t want to commit to an unfriendly deal that could limit future moves, not after an eight-game sample size. Drummond, meanwhile, wants to be compensated for bypassing a chance at 2021 free agency, when many teams will have significant cap space. Given the differing, current monetary views, an extension seems unlikely.