Jerami Grant trade proposal nets Blazers an ideal 3-and-D prospect, first-round picks from desperate contender

Portland lands an intriguing rookie forward, multiple first-round picks from a panicking Western Conference team in this mock trade.

Jerami Grant, Portland Trail Blazers
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Jerami Grant goes from Portland to Dallas for an ideal Blazers prospect

Jerami Grant to Dallas proposal 1/13/24

Landing Grant would be a major boost for a Mavericks team currently sixth in the Western Conference standings and safe from the play-in tournament. Pairing a two-way forward capable of guarding multiple positions and knocking down open shots with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving is a perfect scenario.

Grant has already shown he's willing to play as a third banana while still being skilled enough to carry an offense when required.

He would provide a boost to a lineup that's 18th in the league in defensive rating but already has a long wing defender in Derrick Jones Jr. and a defense-first center in Dereck Lively II. Grant Williams is also a solid defender, as is Dante Exum at the point of attack. Grant's versatility on that end would be welcome on a team whose stars are poor defenders at best.

With his 21.1 points-per-game average this season, he would slot in as the Mavericks' third-leading scorer. That would give Dallas four players averaging at least 17.5 ppg with Tim Hardaway Jr. included. Grant would also be the team's second-best 3-point shooter by percentage behind Irving.

Trading for someone with this skill set that meshes perfectly with an already-established rotation is a no-brainer for Dallas if they can pull it off.