With just under a month before the NBA trade deadline, the Pistons appear to have one of the deadline’s crown jewels in DeMatha alum Jerami Grant.
Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the Wizards are one of several teams interested in acquiring Grant before February 15. According to Fischer, the Pistons are looking for a return headlined by either two first-round picks or one first-round pick and a “high-upside young player.”
Is that too high a price for the Wizards? There are several factors at play when talking about trading for a player of Grant’s caliber, especially considering he’s one of the NBA’s most sought-after assets: a two-way wing.
It might not be worth it for the Wizards to trade multiple picks, or one pick and young player they like, for someone who doesn’t make them contenders overnight. General manager Tommy Sheppard insisted last week that the Wizards won’t mortgage their future in a trade just to go all in on one season.
However, the Wizards appear to have roughly 12 rotation players in a league where playoff rotations usually get cut down to eight or nine players. Depth is great, but there such a thing as too much depth.
Washington has first-round picks to spend. They hold their own pick this season, but owe a lottery-protected first in 2023 to the Thunder via the Russell Westbrook-John Wall swap. If the pick doesn’t convey in 2023, it’ll…