4 Players who shouldn't be back next season if Blazers want to accelerate rebuild

Portland can move on from this quartet.
Anfernee Simons (left), Jerami Grant; Portland Trail Blazers
Anfernee Simons (left), Jerami Grant; Portland Trail Blazers / Dustin Satloff/GettyImages
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Jerami Grant

Jerami Grant was the Trail Blazers' best player at times this season. He scored 21.0 points per game and despite having one of the highest usage rates on the team, was efficient with 45/40/82 shooting splits. For the second straight season, the 29-year-old proved he's one of the most critical players on Portland's roster. He played at a borderline all-star level.

But Grant isn't an all-star and he's taking up an all-star-level chunk of cap space. Cronin re-signed him to a five-year, $160 million contract before the season, and while he's not as grossly overpaid as it might seem at first glance, the franchise's uncomfortable financial situation is largely the result of Grant's salary.

Teams like the Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings could use a player like Grant - a proven NBA scorer, floor spacer and versatile defender. Trading him could net the Blazers some combination of first-round picks and young players and potentially relieve some cap pressure.