Jamaaliver wrote:How about this guy as our backup PF?Bleacher ReportJerami Grant
Jerami Grant is apparently leaning toward declining his $9.3 million player option, a decision that suggests he can get more than the MLE, or that he's fine with signing a long-term deal at a near-identical annual salary.
The Denver Nuggets will be in a bizarre position if he explores free agency. They can pay him more than anyone, but his fit hasn't proved seamless. He's nailing 40 percent of his treys and is one of the few players who can capably defend four to five positions, and yet, his on-off numbers aren't pretty. Denver is 8.6 points per 100 possessions worse on defense with him in the game and losing the minutes he plays with Nikola Jokic.
Wonky splits aren't end-all barometers. Grant hasn't played poorly...and at age 26, he might consider playing for a one-year balloon payment.
Good choice, except.....
1. He wants to start, not gonna displace Collins. Possible he could start at SF, but you have a lot more young talent at that position.
2. He wants to play for a contender and while the Hawks are definitely on an upswing, over-paying for Grant isn't getting you into contender status, may playoffs but seems like a step-back for his desires.
3. With the salary cap regressing, ATL's caps space could/should be directed toward bigger steps, more than a bench player. Also, to avoid taking a step back in the West, DEN needs to keep a player like Grant, can offer him a starting position, was/is starting to take a stronger role in the Jokic-offense and might get a bit of a smaller raise ($12-14Myr range, a $2-4M raise over his $9.6 PO) while the Nuggets continue to develop some good potential talent in MPJ and Bol Bol.
Homer thoughts, hope you can appreciate the thought process without any perceived insults, as not were intended. I do like the idea of you going after Malik Beasley, he's much better potential on both ends of the court IMO, and I watch Malone keep him on the bench without any good reason,