Trade No. 3: Portland re-engages trade talks with a summer rival
Cronin and Heat President Pat Riley would have to move on from whatever grudges they hold after this year's supposed drama over the Lillard trade, but if they do, this is a pretty straightforward move.
The Heat could simply use more talent wherever it can get it, and adding an offensive option like Grant to pair with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo would be a boon. Jerami's athleticism, size, wingspan and selflessness fit the mold of what Miami Head Coach Erik Spoelstra looks for in a player.
The Blazers land another first-round pick in 2028, which would be at least their second, and possibly third, as they have the right to swap selections with the Milwaukee Bucks. It would give Portland six first-round draft choices between 2027 and 2030, not accounting for a pair of swaps.
The salary math is easy. Rather than paying Grant $160 million, the Blazers pay the rest of the $29.6 million owed to Lowry, and the money comes off the books.
Sure, sending a player like Grant to Miami and making the Heat better may be a tough pill to swallow for some Blazers fans, but adding another first-round pick to the asset cupboard and immediately freeing up almost $30 million in cap space would be a wise move for Portland.