NBA News of the Day: Portland lands Jeremi Grant, Warriors look to bring back entire club
Ricky Gray | June 23, 2022
Although the offseason has just begun, NBA trade talks are already underway.
The Warriors were named NBA Champions for the 2021-22 season only a few days ago. However, teams are already starting to make moves and bolster their lineups for the upcoming season.
For instance, the Portland Trail Blazers have sent their 2025 first-round pick to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Jeremi Grant. This is an interesting move by Portland, one that we didn't see coming this early in the offseason.
Portland is building its team around players such as Anfernee Simons and Damian Lillard. Adding Grant into the mix could help Portland get back to the playoffs. However, they could still be in trouble with Lillard missing most of last season.
Along with a 2025 draft pick, the Trail Blazers also sent their No.36 pick in this year's draft. The deal definitely helps out the Pistons who finished near the bottom of the Eastern Conference in 2021 with a record of 23-59.
Over in Golden State, the Warriors are expecting to run it back with the entire lineup from this year's championship. General Manager Bob Myers is looking towards next season and hoping to have a similar roster.
However, Myers noted that free agency isn't always up to him: "Free agency, unrestricted especially ... it is in our control to a certain extent, but in some ways, it's not."
Myers continued: "I hope that our players will give us a chance to respond to an offer. They don't have to. They don't owe it to us. But that's what you get if you win and you create a good environment. You might get a chance to match something."
The Warriors have a long list of unrestricted free agents, this includes; Kevin Looney; Otto Porter Jr.; Gary Payton II; and Andre Iguodala.
In closing his press conference, Myers stated: "Our goal, our hope is to bring all those guys back and try to do it again. They were all great in different ways and all fill different needs for us. ... A lot of our free agents had big moments in the NBA Finals, which means they're pretty important."