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The Pistons are showing keen interest in bringing back small forward Jerami Grant, who became an unrestricted free agent this summer after declining an extension offer from the Trail Blazers earlier in the season. According to a report by James Edwards of The Athletic, Grant’s return to Detroit is being actively pursued by the Pistons.

Speaking on the HoopsHype podcast, Edwards highlighted Grant’s significance, stating, “For Detroit, arguably the biggest unrestricted name is Jerami Grant, who was a Piston a year ago. He’s got a great relationship with Troy Weaver and loves the city of Detroit. I believe they’ll have an idea if they can get him right now as we speak.”

The Pistons entered the offseason with the intention of securing Grant’s services, but the ultimate decision lies with the player. However, with Grant’s positive sentiments about Detroit and his rapport with general manager Troy Weaver, a reunion seems plausible.

Grant, a 29-year-old small forward, spent the 2020-2021 season with the Pistons before being traded to the Trail Blazers in July 2022. Despite Portland offering him an extension, Grant declined, leading to his current free agency status.

During his season-ending press conference, Grant expressed his fondness for Portland, stating, “I definitely like it here. Looking forward to the talks and trying to figure something out. So, I definitely feel comfortable here.” He also indicated that the Blazers’ roster moves would factor into his decision, emphasizing his desire to win and make a playoff impact.

In the 2022-2023 season, Grant averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 35.7 minutes per game for the Trail Blazers. With his scoring ability, defensive versatility, and positive outlook on Detroit, the Pistons see Grant as a valuable asset in their ongoing rebuilding efforts.