The move would make Jerami Grant happy. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Jerami Grant trade to Portland Trail Blazers, picks, package, reaction, Damian Lillard, Detroit Pistons, No. 7 pick, Dyson Daniels

Damian Lillard may have been saying all the right things about wanting to stay put in Portland but he also knew the power of his words during this off-season.

In no uncertain terms, he made it clear that he needed to see the franchise make moves this summer to put him and the Blazers back in a position to succeed right away.

Portland did just that, striking a deal with the Detroit Pistons that sees Jerami Grant on his way to the Blazers in exchange for a 2025 first-round pick (via the Milwaukee Bucks).

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That is according to ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, who added that Detroit is also swapping its 46th pick in this year’s draft for Portland’s 36th pick on top of receiving a 2025 second-round pick and 2026 second-round pick from the Blazers.

Detroit is sending Grant into a $21 million ($A30m) trade exception, which means the Pistons now have $43 million (4A62m) in salary cap space for moves to make in free agency.

That stash could only increase, with NBA reporter Keith Smith projecting that the Pistons could have as much as $56 million ($A81m) to work with if they move off their remaining free agents.

Marvin Bagley III, Cory Joseph, Frank Jackson, Rodney McGruder, Jamorko Pickett, Luka Garza and Hamidou Diallo are all set to hit free agency this summer.

“This is important for the Blazers who want to reshape their roster around Damian Lillard,” Wojnarowski said on SportsCenter on Thursday morning [AEST].

“This is a player Lillard has been really high on. For Joe Cronin, the new general manager, this is a significant move. Portland has the seventh pick and a chance to get better there.”

The move would make Jerami Grant happy. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The Blazers will now move ahead with the intention of building around Cade Cunningham, with the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft.

Grant, on the other hand, is a high level two-way player who will immediately improve Portland’s playoff chances after finishing this past season with a 27-55 (.329) record.

The trade could also have an impact on where Australian draft prospect Dyson Daniels lands.

The 19-year-old has worked out with the Blazers and is a strong chance of being taken by Portland with its seventh overall pick on Friday (AEST).

Portland though was reportedly considering shopping around the No. 7 pick as part of a package to get a win-now asset in return.

Atlanta Hawks star John Collins, for example, had been heavily linked to the Blazers before Thursday’s trade.

While there is still a chance they trade the seventh pick, the Grant trade suggests they could in fact stay put, in which case Daniels could very well be heading to Portland.

The focus for the Blazers will now turn to both draft night and re-signing Afernee Simons (restricted) and Jusuf Nurkic, who are set to become free agents this summer.

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