Free-agent forward Jerami Grant agreed to a 3-year, $60 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, leaving the Nuggets in an extremely precarious situation at the start of free agency.
Grant, whom the Nuggets traded a first-round pick for last offseason, was expected to be the starting power forward for years. Now he’s gone after just one.
Grant has a longstanding relationship with new Pistons executive Troy Weaver, who was with Grant in Oklahoma City. Weaver was also a former Syracuse assistant, where Grant went to college.
The Nuggets had publicly deemed Grant their top priority this offseason, and it remains unclear what their plan is at power forward.
One option became clearer on Friday. The Nuggets have shown interest in free-agent power forward JaMychal Green, a league source said.
The Nuggets also have to consider the future of free-agent Paul Millsap.
With so much uncertainty in Denver’s frontcourt, keeping Grant in the fold was essential. The Nuggets lose his length and his defensive versatility, two key factors in their run to the Western Conference Finals this past season.
Grant averaged 12 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 39% from 3-point range in his first season in Denver. He started 16 of 19 playoff games, filling in for injured small forward Will Barton.
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports