October 20, 2020, 9:09 amJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
The Heat are expected to have an interest in Nuggets forward Jerami Grant in free agency, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Grant is coming off a strong playoff showing and is expected to opt out of his contract but him and the Nuggets share mutual interest in a return. The Heat will be looking to add a piece or two following an inspirational run to the Finals, but it’s doubtful they will offer more than one year to any free agent, which makes his pursuit seemingly unlikely to be successful. Grant is also said to be on the radar of the Pistons, the Mavs, the Hawks and the Suns and he could command between $14 million and $16 million per season on an open market that doesn’t have big names this year.
Source: Miami Herald
October 2, 2020, 12:55 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Mike Singer of the Denver Post is reporting that the Hawks, Pistons and Suns are all expected to have interest in Jerami Grant.
It's believed that staying in Denver is Grant's top choice but he may follow the money. There aren't a lot of teams with cap space to burn and many organizations are trying to keep the books clean for the 2021 offseason, but Grant will be one of the top players available. It's also entirely possible that teams make other trades to open up space, so the list of potential suitors is almost certainly longer than three. Grant fills a lot of holes on any roster and would certainly help the three listed here, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of salary he commands after putting together a strong run of play in the postseason.
Source: Denver Post
September 27, 2020, 1:22 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Mike Singer of the Denver Post has heard that Jerami Grant will decline his player option and opt out of his contract this summer, but has interest in staying with the Nuggets.
When asked about his future with Denver following Saturday's Game 5 defeat, Grant said, "I’m definitely looking forward to it. We’ll see how it goes.” Grant was slated to make $9.3 million next season but has earned far more than that, especially after his outstanding postseason run. An offensive explosion in last night's third quarter kept the Nuggets alive while Grant's defense on Kawhi Leonard helped them get through the second round. Singer's sources also said that Grant could command $14 – $16 million annually on the open market. Denver has some money to spend with Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee coming off the books so if they really want to retain Grant they'll have the space to make it happen.
Source: Denver Post
September 26, 2020, 11:49 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant filled the stat sheet on Saturday, stepping up for a hobbled Jamal Murray, to produce 20 points (7-of-18 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, two 3s, one assist, one steal and one block in a team-high 46 minutes.
Grant kept the Nuggets within striking distance thanks to his work on both ends of the floor in the third quarter. He was a big addition for them this season and should have a prominent role as an all-around Swiss army knife player for them when Paul Millsap (13 points, four rebounds, one 3, one assist) departs.
September 24, 2020, 11:41 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with two boards, an assist and two 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 4 vs. the Lakers.
Grant had another great game for the Nuggets and continues to draw coverage on LeBron James and Anthony Davis while maintaining a solid scoring role. He has a player option this summer, but he'll surely decline and command a great deal of money in the open market as every team could use a guy like Grant on their roster.
September 23, 2020, 12:20 amJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant stepped up in a huge way in the Nuggets' Game 3 win on Tuesday, dropping a personal series-high 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and a 10-of-12 run at the free throw line.
Grant was able to provide his team with a much-needed reliable third scoring option tonight and his impact cannot be overstated. Grant also added three rebounds, two 3s, one assist and two steals in 34 minutes on the floor. Conversely, Michael Porter Jr. was noticeably quiet this evening, posting just nine points on 4-of-6 shooting with six rebounds, one trey, two assists and two steals in 22 minutes.
September 20, 2020, 11:15 pmPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap received 28 minutes during the Nuggets-Lakers showdown on Sunday, but he finished with just six points (2-of-6 FG), eight rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.
Millsap has now had four straight duds, but he is still a regular part of the Nuggets' rotation. Despite the Lakers rolling out bigger lineups that should give the slow-footed Millsap more opportunities to compete, he has not been able to find momentum over the first two games of this series. At this point, it's hard to imagine Millsap contributing much to the Nuggets' benefit. Jerami Grant also found himself in early foul trouble, allowing Millsap to receive some extra minutes in the first half. Grant finished with just seven points, one 3-pointer and three steals. He figures to see more than 25 minutes in Game 3 on Tuesday. Even for the comeback kids in Denver, that game figures to be a must-win.
September 11, 2020, 10:20 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant had 10 points (3-of-7 FG), five rebounds and two blocks in 35.5 minutes on Friday evening vs. the Clippers.
Grant played important minutes, per usual, with modest numbers on the stat sheet by the end of the night, which is also typical. That being said, he always plays top notch defense and is a reliable player on the wing, especially when Michael Porter Jr. struggles like he did on Friday evening (seven points). Grant committed just one turnover in his nearly 36 minutes of action. The Nuggets will face elimination once again on Sunday in Game 6.
September 7, 2020, 11:46 pmPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap struggled in Monday's Game 3 with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with two rebounds and two assists.
Millsap and Jerami Grant (11 points on 5-of-14 shooting with three boards and a triple) did a great job for the first three quarters, but in the final period, neither of them could make the plays on either end of the floor to help put this one away. Millsap had a couple defensive lapses and Grant failed to convert on two wide open 3-point attempts on the left corner.
September 6, 2020, 12:09 amJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant was quiet in 40 minutes on Saturday with just five points to his name, but made an impact on the defensive end with his two steals and three blocks that came with seven boards and two assists.
Grant is not a known scorer, but it's his defense in this game that was a difference-maker for the Nuggets. He scored 12 points in Game 1, but it's his ability to guard multiple positions that will prove invaluable moving forward.
September 4, 2020, 12:00 amPaul MillsapPF, Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap had one of his better games of the playoffs on Thursday, turning 24 minutes into 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer.
It had been thought that the Nuggets were limiting Millsap's regular-season run to keep him fresh for the playoffs, but so far he's below his average of 24.5 mpg. The Sapper has now played 29, 18, 17, 35, 19, 19, 14 and 24 minutes over his eight playoff contests and simply hasn't looked all that effective. He's supposed to be the Nuggets' defensive anchor but they got shredded again tonight with the Clippers basically scoring at will. Millsap started alongside Jerami Grant as the Nuggets went big but they're going to need to be better than they were tonight to stand a chance. Grant had 12 points, three assists and three triples in 26 minutes.
August 30, 2020, 11:43 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant went off for 18 points (6-of-9 FG), four 3-pointers, one rebound and two blocks on Sunday against the Jazz.
When Grant is shooting this well it will be hard to take down the Nuggets. He received nearly 35 minutes and his versatility on defense combined with his ability to stretch the floor on the offensive end adds another level to the Nuggets' lineups. He'll receive a similar opportunity to contribute on Tuesday as the Nuggets seek to complete the comeback against the Jazz in Game 7. Grant is clearly winning the position battle vs. Paul Millsap, who put up five points and five rebounds in 19 minutes.
August 25, 2020, 10:10 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant played 40 minutes in Game 5 on Tuesday, his second highest in Orlando, finishing with 13 points (4-for-12 FG), six boards and a steal.
Grant was an integral part of the Nuggets' win, knocking down a three and playing important minutes down the stretch. The Nuggets' offense was centered around Jamal Murray (42 points) in this one, but he got lots of contributions from the team's supporting cast, Grant included. They are going to need performances of this kind if they hope to push the Jazz to seven games. Game 6 will be played on Thursday.
August 24, 2020, 12:15 amJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant started over Michael Porter Jr. in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Jazz and put up 12 points in 36 minutes before fouling out.
Grant started the second half of Game 3 over Porter Jr., so it is no surprise that Malone turned to him for Game 4. MPJ had nine points with four rebounds in 23 minutes of action. Grant has the edge defensively over Porter Jr., which is why he has been inserted into the starting lineup. He will likely remain the starter for Game 5 as the Nuggets fight to stay alive.
August 21, 2020, 6:52 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant, like the rest of his teammates, struggled mightily on Friday en route to six points, five rebounds, two blocks and two threes.
The Nuggets were completely lifeless outside of three or four minutes before halftime when they were already getting doubled up on the scoreboard. Grant started the second half in place of Michael Porter Jr., who was cosplaying as a traffic cone, and might take his starting gig full time with the way Utah has abused the rookie defensively. Regardless, Mike Malone needs as many positive defenders as he can get right now, which should mean more minutes for Grant.