NBA Star’s Whopping $112 Million Demand Could Destroy Lakers, Knicks and Celtics Trade Hopes

Published 01/19/2022, 12:35 AM EST
Jan 6, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) gestures after making a basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

With the trade deadline approaching, teams are frantically looking at options to improve their rosters. Some of the team who are desperate to bring in help are the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and the Boston Celtics. Notably, all these teams had their eyes on the Pistons’ forward, Jerami Grant. However, his demands could put any potential deals with these teams in jeopardy.

Recent reports revealed that Grant has very little interest in joining a team where he isn’t the primary option. With these three teams already loaded up, a possible trade looks difficult.

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Grant is the first option scorer on the Detroit Pistons. He had a breakout season last tear putting up 22.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. This made him a hot commodity going into the trade deadline this season. But his demand to be the main man may eliminate most of the major teams from pursuing him.

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Lakers, Knicks and Celtics to pass on Grant?

With the recent reports on Grant, many things came to light. Firstly, he surely comes with a high price tag; Grant wants to sign an extension in the off season worth around $112 million. Moreover, he has almost no interest in not being the primary offensive option. This is serious bad news for the major contenders.

Not only do the Lakers not have the cap space, but with a ‘Big 3’ of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, there is no way Grant can be the primary option. James is putting up nearly 29 points per game as the first option scorer and the purple and gold won’t look to compromise there. They need a supporting player and Grant isn’t willing to take on that role.

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Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) gets defended by New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

For the Boston Celtics, they also have an established scoring duo. The All-Star duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown rule Boston’s offensive game. With rumors of them wanting to stay together, a possible trade could be off the table. Hence, with Grant wanting to stay as the first option, the Celtics may be off the table as his next destination.

The New York Knicks revolve their offense around Julius Randle. The forward made his first All-Star appearance last season and is leading his team yet again. Moreover, options like RJ Barrett and Evan Fournier are also present on the Knicks. All these major teams have an established offensive system and there is seemingly no place for Grant to be the first option.

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The only way they can reach an agreement is if Jerami Grant is open to sacrificing his demands. Despite all this, do you think any of these three giants will go for Grant? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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