Celtics reportedly offered multiple late first-round picks for Detroit’s Jerami Grant
The Boston Celtics struggled after Detroit Pistons swingman Jerami Grant last season, according to The Athletic's James L. Edwards III, and for good reason. Grant averaged 22.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game with the Pistons last season while shooting 35% of 3 while playing the 4 for Detroit, a position needed for the Celtics .
Boston's offer was ultimately turned down by the Pistons, perhaps out of respect for the excitement the star has shown playing for this organization under a black head coach and general manager. Since there were comparatively few colored people in management positions in the Celtics front office at the time and still fewer players of his caliber expressed interest in playing in the metropolis of Michigan, Detroit preferred to fight back.
Although Grant's signing was initially a surprise to Edwards, who described it as a "headache when he signed with Detroit because his skills at the time did not match the apparent direction of the franchise".
"Grant's first season with the Pistons has proven that he can be an offensive focal point without causing a significant drop in production at either end of the floor," added the Athletic analyst.
“Title-competing teams have inquired about his services over the past year, and the Celtics have reportedly offered several late first-round picks. At 27, Grant is an important part of what Detroit is building. The current expectation is that he will eventually sign "with Detroit long-term - provided the Pistons roster has potential over the next two years to develop into something of value."
Does this mean Boston will not be making calls regarding Grant in the future? https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1437824639850487808?s=20
Quite the opposite, most likely. A likely tough start to the 2021-22 season will almost certainly result in such offerings continuing from the Celtics and other teams, though it could prove costly if they could even put GM Troy Weaver at risk. And while hiring new head coach Ime Udoka could make Boston a more attractive venue for someone with Grant's inclinations, it seems at best unlikely that Grant will move this season. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [Lawrence-related ID = 58535,58530,58500,58497] [List ID = 58490]
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