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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Grading the Blazers Jerami Grant trade return

Because of the mass of forwards likely to be re-signed during free agency this summer, which limits the number of available options at one of the league's most important positions, Grant's value may be at his highest right now despite his contract. Cashing in at this year's deadline isn't the worst idea.

Holmes and Kleber are backup bigs who would play desperately needed, immediate minutes for the Blazers and could have some trade value of their own.

The two first-round picks will likely convey but fall later in the first round, although grabbing a pair for Grant isn't the worst haul. They would give Portland potentially 13 first-round picks between 2024 and 2030.

Prosper - the Mavericks' first-round pick in the 2023 draft - is the headliner in this deal. He tested off the charts athletically at the combine, showed an improved offensive game during his last season at Marquette, and would give the Blazers the potential versatile lockdown defender they don't have as part of their current core.

The 21-year-old is a strong 6-8, 230 pounds with a 7-1 wingspan. He's explosive vertically, can move side-to-side to stick with guards on switches, is big enough to defend forwards and centers and plays with a non-stop high motor. In other words, he has all the traits Portland is looking for in a wing/forward to play alongside Scoot Henderson, Shaedon Sharpe and Anfernee Simons.


Blazers trade grade: B+