Lakers has Land $160 Million Star to a proposed NBA trade.

 Lakers has Land $160 Million Star to a proposed NBA trade.

NBA free agency 2023: Jerami Grant reportedly agrees to $160M deal to  return to Trail Blazers - Yahoo Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers could have to look to the trade market in order to add important players as they continue to struggle in NBA free agency. Portland Trail Blazers starting forward Jerami Grant has been mentioned as a possible match for Los Angeles.

According to a trade proposal leaked by Bleacher Report, the Lakers would get Grant in exchange for Rui Hachimura, Gabe Vincent, and a future first-round selection from the Blazers. Along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Grant would add another 20 points per game scorer to the Los Angeles team.

“There are rumors that this could be discussed,” Bleacher Report said during a live feed on July 1, 2024. The Lakers’ reluctance to make significant sacrifices appears to be the main source of contention.

“Jerami Grant’s contract isn’t that terrific. He’s getting quite rich. Over the following four years, it will cost roughly $30 million [yearly]. Though it’s not perfect, Jerami Grant seems like a perfect fit for the Lakers.

Anthony Davis, Jerami Grant, and LeBron James can form a frontcourt. He provides you with some protection. He adds a little bit of variety and some shooting to your frontcourt.

Possibility of Lakers Trade Target Jerami Grant is on a five-year, $160 million contract with four seasons left.
It makes a lot of sense for Los Angeles if the Lakers were just thinking about trading Grant for their two veteran players. The problem is that Grant’s contract isn’t the best.

The Pros and Cons of Jerami Grant for the Trail Blazers - Blazer's Edge

Grant’s contract with Portland is for $160 million over five years, with four seasons left. In 2024–2025, the forward is expected to have a $29.7 million cap hit.

In contrast to free agency, the team will not benefit from James accepting a lower salary on his subsequent deal if Grant needs cap room. Teams are required by NBA rules to exchange wages of a similar magnitude, unless one team has the cap space to absorb the deal. The Lakers would have less wiggle room in their future transactions if they acquired Grant via trade.

There have been trade talks between the Lakers and Trail Blazers over Jerami Grant.
Grant seems to be someone Los Angeles has at least looked about acquiring, despite the financial danger. The Lakers and Trail Blazers have reportedly been in “consistent talks” about Grant, according to Anthony Irwin of Audacy Sports.

In a June 30 message on X, Irwin stated, “I’m told the Lakers and Trail Blazers have been in consistent talks on a deal for Jerami Grant.” “It’s not especially close, but the sides have been engaged for the majority of today,”

Last season, in 54 starts for the Blazers, Grant averaged 21 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 40.2% from long range per game. It would be fascinating to watch whether the Lakers become more aggressive in their pursuit of Grant after losing out on Klay Thompson. It doesn’t hurt that Klutch Sports represents Grant in addition to James and the other Lakers players.

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Bolders Onward Insider: Jerami Grant Is on the Lakers’ “Wishlist”
DeMar DeRozan, a free agent from the Chicago Bulls, has also been linked to Los Angeles after Thompson joined the Dallas Mavericks. According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, Grant was on the Lakers’ “wishlist.”

In a piece published on June 24 under the headline “With new coach JJ Redick at the helm, the Lakers’ draft strategy beginning to take shape,” Fischer stated, “The Lakers, remember, held serious conversations with Atlanta about acquiring Dejounte Murray in the lead-up to February’s trade deadline.” “League sources believe that another possible addition on the Lakers’ wish list is Jerami Grant, a client of Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul.”

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