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Associated Press Source: Pistons Trade Grant to Trail Blazers

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Olympic champion Jeremy Grant for a first-round pick in the 2025 draft to the Portland Trail Blazers, a person familiar with the matter said.

According to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, Detroit will also receive the 36th pick in Thursday’s draft and what will be Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 2025 because the team has not publicly announced the deal. .

ESPN was the first to report the deal, along with details of the 2025 pick, which is safe if it comes in the top four.

Grant’s salary — about $21 million for the next season — is roughly the same amount except Portland made the trade exception in February when he sent CJ McCollum to New Orleans.

It will promote Portland after a disappointing season in which star Damien Lillard missed most of the year due to injury. Lillard and Grant were teammates on the US Olympic team that won gold at the Tokyo Games last summer.

The biggest payout that Detroit will receive will be cap space. The Pistons now have about $44 million for this summer.

The free agent market opens next week.

Grant – who played collegiately at Syracuse – averaged 19.2 points in 47 games with the Pistons this season and his numbers have improved over the past two years. In his first six seasons, he averaged 9.3 points with Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Denver.

But in his two seasons with the Pistons, Grant averaged 20.9 points.

The swap would be a kind of homecoming. Grant was born in 1994, when his father, Harvey Grant, was in the first three seasons with the Trail Blazers.

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