2. Knicks overpay for Jerami Grant
We’ve warned against bringing Grant to Toronto due to his redundancy, but there are plenty of teams that could use someone with his scoring skill and versatility. The Knicks appear to be interested in giving into Detroit’s demands for him, but this could come back to bite them.
Shams Charania (subscription required) is reporting that the Knicks are in on Grant, who would be eligible for a four-year extension this offseason. On top of the fact that he is currently injured, would a Knicks team that is being kept afloat by their bench be better off if they gut their reserves to acquire Grant?
The Toronto Raptors should avoid Jerami Grant.
Grant may be averaging around 20 points per game a night with the Pistons, but is there a chance that his production is the byproduct of getting a ton of shots up on a bad team? Getting Grant, Julius Randle, and RJ Barrett on the floor for heavy minutes could make for some really puzzling rotation choices.
The Knicks might need to get a bit cavalier at the deadline considering how they have slipped down the standings this season. Grant is a very good player, but he’s a puzzling fit in New York. The Raptors should be happy if New York guts their asset stockpile to acquire Grant, who could bolt after 2022-23 anyway.