How grant trading could affect the Bulls’ future capital draft that originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
It’s as if the Chicago Bulls were at the center of the Jeramy Grant trade rumors just yesterday.
Ahead of the 2022 trading deadline, the Bulls and Pistons had a certain level of discussions about the availability of the 27-year-old striker. But those talks never came to fruition.
On Wednesday, Grant’s saga reached a long-awaited conclusion. Detroit shipped him to Portland in exchange for first- and second-round picks in 2025 (that first-rounder via the Milwaukee Bucks), a second-round pick swap in 2022 (the Pistons moved from 46th-36th pick in Thursday night’s draft) and a proxy A Boat load of cover space.
The Bulls’ offer to get Grant was long dead – and besides, they didn’t have the ability to absorb his salary into a major commercial exception like the Trail Blazers.
However, there is still an association with Chicago in this deal.
This contact comes in the form of a future first-round pick, the Trail Blazers owe the Bulls as part of Lauri Markkanen’s three-team signing and trading completed in August 2021. The selection was originally reported as a first-round selection for 2022, but is also protected by the lottery through 2028, Which means that if the Trail Blazers miss the playoffs – and therefore fall into the lottery – they will keep the selection and carry over their debt to the next season (if not carried over by 2028, it becomes a second round pick).
Portland did just that in 2021-22, losing Damian Lillard to injury after 29 games, finishing the regular season 27-55 and landing a seventh pick in the draft lottery. The next chance the Bulls will have for their first-round pick will come in 2023, but that depends on Portland in the playoffs.
While the 2022 season has just begun, the Grant trade is an early sign that Portland is serious about improving right away. Breaking into the top eight in the West (post-Play-In Championship) won’t be easy, especially with Kawhi Leonard (Clippers) and Zion Williamson (Pelicans) on the back trail and the Lakers looming as a potential threat. But what is certain is that the Portland pick is more likely to transfer to the bulls in 2023 now than it was before the grant trade.
It’s well worth Bulls fans to root for Trail Blazers through this lens, since a pick with a better transport chance could increase its potential commercial value or give the Bulls a bite to the apple project within a year and they’re sure to send them a first-round pick for Orlando Magic As part of the Nikola Vučević trade.
Although we’re a long way from knowing the exact fate of the pick, it certainly adds a layer of bull intrigue to the first major out-of-season trade. stay tuned
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