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Mavericks: Looking ahead to a potential 2022 trade deadline wish list

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Dallas Mavericks potential trade deadline wish list: 3. Jerami Grant

The Pistons got the number one overall pick and drafted Cade Cunningham this summer, so the focus should shift to building a contending team around the 20-year-old point forward. Grant came to Detroit in the 2020 offseason looking for a more featured role, and he scored 22.3 points per game last season to prove he can be a number one option. Does his game fit with Cunningham’s? That is for the Pistons to decide.

Multiple teams will be interested if Detroit decides to move Jerami Grant. The 6’8 forward is a plus shooter and defender that has proven he can be a role player or a top offensive option.

The Pistons would likely be searching for draft picks, so the question becomes can the Mavericks create a package that intrigues them. Dallas still owes their 2023 first-round pick to the New York Knicks from the Kristaps Porzingis trade and the protections prevent them from trading a first-rounder until 2027. The price to acquire Grant if he becomes available may be more than the Mavs can meet.

Still, the Mavericks need a versatile forward that can switch onto the perimeter and hold his own in the paint. Grant would lighten the workload on Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber while giving Dallas a skilled option to use in the playoffs.