By Glen Chenoweth
See ya Ersan it was a nice summer, getting to know you, thinking of how you would fit into the lineup, would you start for the team, and lastly how would your three-point shooting help spread the floor for the team.
But today Sam Presti sent you on your way to rival Joel Embiid’s big man three-point shooting abilities in Philadelphia. Now that Mr. Illyasova has left we are left to wonder, was this a cap space move, is Jerami Grant going to get minutes, or is he headed to the OKC Blue?
Ersan Ilyasova is in the last year of his contract with a salary of $8.4 million. On the other hand, Jerami Grant’s contract is guaranteed through the end of this season, with a team option for next season. His salary is $980,000. So on the surface this would seem like a cap space move and we all know how stingy the Thunder can be with the cap.
Here is where I take a pause in the idea that this was just a cap move and it’s all thanks to WojVerticalNBA “Thunder have been pursuing a deal for Jerami Grant for several months, and finally struck a deal for him. Teams are finishing trade call now.” – https://twitter.com/WojVerticalNBA/status/793533546652721153
The Thunder have been pursuing a 2014 39th overall pick for months now and just finally made a deal? That shows some sincere interest from Presti and a rare move for The Thunder. I cannot remember another trade that The Thunder have truly pursued.
Here’s some quick info on Grant, he played for Syracuse for two seasons before entering the NBA Draft, he is 6’8″, he started 63 games for the 76ers, played in 144 games, averages 8.2 points, and has played an average of 24 minutes per game in his career.
Grant seems to be an under utilized player in a franchise known for trying to get high draft picks. His length and athleticism are surprising, he could even be the runner-up to Westbrook in the team dunk contest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZL2PTSbkik
Grant will see some playing time, arguably taking some minutes from Kyle Singler and providing some length on defense when he is subbed in for Roberson. At 22 Grant is a young player with a lot of room to grow. As much of a cliché that the last sentence is, when you go from playing for the 76ers who lost close to 140 games in two seasons. To a team that was one win away from the Finals last year, then your mindset and the way you approach the game can change entirely.
Welcome to OKC Jerami, now please go back and delete these tweets: http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2016/11/01/jeremi-grant-old-tweets-trade-thunder-russell-westbrook
All stats from: http://www.espn.com/nba/player/stats/_/id/2991070/jerami-grant