February 19, 2021
NBA Rumors: Jerami Grant & Delon Wright Could Be Traded To Warriors For Andrew Wiggins & Draft Picks
Jerami Grant going up against Dennis Schroder
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Basketball

The Detroit Pistons, who currently own the worst record in the Eastern Conference, are one of the teams that are expected to be active sellers before the 2021 trade deadline. With the team heading into an inevitable rebuild, the Pistons are likely to consider trading some of their veterans in order to focus on the development of their young players for the remainder of the 2020-21 NBA season. One of the potential contenders that could engage in a trade negotiation with the Pistons this season is the Golden State Warriors.

The Trade
Jerami Grant & Delon Wright double-teaming Darius Garland
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In a recent article,  Greg Patuto of NBA Analysis Network suggested a blockbuster trade that would enable the Warriors to acquire Jerami Grant and Delon Wright from the Pistons before the 2021 trade deadline. In the proposed trade scenario, the Warriors would be sending a package that includes Andrew Wiggins, the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 first-round pick, and the Toronto Raptors' 2022 second-round pick to the Pistons in exchange for Grant and Wright. If the deal goes through, Patuto believes that it would help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster.

Jerami Grant Provides An Upgrade At SF Over Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins driving into the basket while being guarded by Jerami Grant
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Though it would cost them a potential lottery pick, swapping Wiggins for Grant would make a lot of sense for the Warriors. With his excellent defense and ability to space the floor, Patuto thinks that he would be the "perfect fit" alongside Stephen Curry in Golden State.

"It is no secret that the Warriors won their championships from the three-point line. This season, Steph Curry is leading the way and beginning to turn this team around. To keep up with the rest of the Western Conference, they will need to make a deal to add another star," Patuto wrote. "Jerami Grant seems like the perfect fit. He is a quality shooter from three-point range and can create his own shot in the midrange. From beyond the arc, Grant is shooting 38.4% this season."

Delon Wright Would Boost The Warriors' Second Unit
Delon Wright dribbiling the ball
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Wright isn't just included in the deal for salary-matching purposes. His arrival in Golden State would allow them to improve their backcourt depth. Coach Steve Kerr could either use him as the temporary backcourt partner for Curry while Klay Thompson is recovering from an injury or as the primary backup for him or Kelly Oubre Jr. Wright could help the Warriors in terms of scoring, rebounding, playmaking, and defending the perimeter. This season, the 28-year-old shooting guard is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.4 steals while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

The Trade Is No-Brainer For The Pistons
Andrew Wiggins calling the shots
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The proposed trade deal would greatly benefit the Pistons, especially if they finally decide to undergo a full-scale rebuild. By sending Grant and Wright to Bay Area, they would be receiving a former No. 1 overall pick in Wiggins and two future draft selections. The Timberwolves' 2021 first-round pick would be an extremely valuable piece for the Pistons. With the Timberwolves' current performance, it has a strong chance of becoming a lottery pick. Meanwhile, Wiggins may have gone through plenty of ups and downs in his career, but starting a new journey on a rebuilding team like the Pistons could help him return to the right path of becoming a legitimate superstar in the league.