Yesterday, one of the better stretch forwards in the NBA declined his player option and is now a free agent:
Yahoo Sources: Denver Nuggets forward Jerami Grant is declining his $9.3 million player option for the 2020-21 season to become an unrestricted free agent.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 16, 2020
It’s no surprise Grant decided to opt out of his current deal with the Nuggets. After the year he just had, he figures to make much more than that on the open market. Power Forward behind John Collins is still a sore spot for the Hawks, and Grant would be the perfect target. The 26-year old averaged 12/4 last year while shooting 48% from the field and 39% from three. He also plays fantastic defense, something else the Hawks are sorely missing, especially on the perimeter.
Grant’s been around the league in his career since being drafted in the 2nd round out of Syracuse, mostly because he’s such a valuable trade asset. Most recently, he was dealt from OKC to Denver for a 1st round pick in this draft. With Atlanta’s gaping hole at the 4 off the bench and needs for three-point shooting and defense — Grant should be at the top of their free agency wishlist. He will be coveted by many contenders, so the Hawks may have an uphill battle. Regardless, in a weak free-agent class, he’s one guy I wouldn’t mind Atlanta spending heavily on.