Danny Anging, the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, acknowledged it last month: Boston does not Have a championship roster.
With the March 25 trade deadline booming, the Celtics will call multiple teams this season in hopes of landing an overall, only 18-17, impact player, which fits with the franchise’s Cornerstone Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum. Although they may have to lower their expectations a bit.
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One of Boston’s top business targets is Detroit forward Jeremy Grant, According to Athletic’s Shams Charania. Grant is in the midst of a career year, signing a $ 60 million contract with the Pistons after a three-year contract after averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 per game. ESPN’s Tim Bontemps recently reported Rival officials expect the Celtics to be “a player who can play in the forward space and provide some scoring punch” and Grant certainly fits the bill.
However, there is a big problem here for the Celtics: it takes two parties to make a deal. James Edwards III of Athletic explained It is highly unlikely that the piston will transfer Grant before the deadline.
Grant’s relationship with [Pistons general manager Troy] Weaver is very strong. This is a big reason why the 26-year-old left a winning position to join Denver’s rebuilding Pistons. Grant is considered a franchise building block and adopts everything Detroit wants his culture to carry forward.
By all accounts, Grant will remain in the Pistons’ uniform as long as he wants to be.
Grant left the Nuggets for Piggons because he wanted an expanded role and the opportunity to do Weaver plays for Black head coach at Black GM and Dwayne Casey. He has rewarded Weavers’ confidence by performing above and beyond all expectations, even though the Pistons are not winning a ton of games. Everyone in Detroit knew that the team was not in a position to compete for a title this year.
At this point, there is nothing to indicate that the Pistons are ready to discuss Grant’s availability. Anging and the Celtics want him, but that doesn’t mean they’ll get him.