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Thunder Acquire Jerami Grant From Sixers

3:28pm: Both teams have issued press release confirming the deal. The Thunder’s announcement indicates that the team has gained a trade exception, as noted below, so for now OKC won’t renounce that TPE to gain cap room.

2:57pm: The first-round pick heading to Philadelphia in the swap will be top-20 protected, and will turn into two second-rounders if it doesn’t fall in that 21-30 range, tweets Bobby Marks of The Vertical. The Thunder already have a first-rounder going to Utah in 2018, so the pick involved in the deal with the Sixers will be a 2020 selection, as Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders tweets. If the Sixers don’t get a first-rounder, they’d get their pair of second-rounders in 2022 and 2023, per Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer (via Twitter).

2:43pm: The future pick the Sixers are receiving from the Thunder will be a first-rounder, reports Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today (via Twitter). However, Zillgitt adds that the pick will have multiple protections, and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical tweets that it may be a “fake first” of sorts. The Sixers hope to receive the first-rounder from the Thunder in 2020, tweets Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Meanwhile, Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com (Twitter link) says Philadelphia plans to keep Ilyasova rather than waiving him to open up a roster spot.

2:23pm: The Sixers and Thunder have completed a trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (Twitter links), who reports that Ersan Ilyasova is heading to Philadelphia along with a conditional future draft pick. Oklahoma City will receive Jerami Grant in return.Jerami Grant vertical

According to Wojnarowski (via Twitter), the Thunder have been pursuing a potential trade involving Grant for “several months.” The 22-year-old, a second-round pick back in 2014, spent the last two seasons with Philadelphia. In 144 total contests for the franchise, he averaged 8.2 PPG and 3.9 RPG, shooting just 39.4% from the floor. While Grant has shown some promise, the Sixers had a crowded frontcourt, making him somewhat expendable.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, will land Ilyasova, a stretch four who could add some much-needed outside shooting to the Sixers’ roster. The Turkish big man was one of three players Oklahoma City received from the Magic in exchange for Serge Ibaka this summer, along with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. Ilyasova was the least-important piece in that deal, but has been a solid scorer and rebounder over the course of his NBA career, putting up 10.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and a .369 3PT% in 530 career contests with the Bucks, Pistons, Magic, and Thunder.

The Sixers’ huge chunk of cap room will come in handy when completing this move. The club is well below the salary floor, entering the day with only about $70MM in 2016/17 salary on its books. Ilyasova ($8.4MM) makes significantly more money than Grant ($980K), so Philadelphia will take on some salary in the deal, which likely explains why the Thunder are surrendering a draft pick in the swap.

Additionally, Grant – unlike Ilyasova – is under team control beyond this season. The young forward is earning the minimum salary this season and has a team option on his contract for the 2017/18 worth the minimum as well.

The Thunder entered the day ever so slightly over the cap, so they’ll have some flexibility after completing the deal — the team could technically remain an over-the-cap club, with a traded player exception worth Ilyasova’s salary. However, if OKC wants to forfeit that TPE, the team would have more than $7MM in cap room at its disposal.

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12 thoughts on “Thunder Acquire Jerami Grant From Sixers

  1. joebunda

    My favorite player no one cares about is joining my favorite team that no one cares about. Congrats Ersan and the Sixers!

  2. basicmo

    Didn’t colangelo say there was a log gam @ the 4-5 and he trades for a big…. wtf

  3. DannyQ3913

    This trade makes no sense for Philly

  4. PeeWeeHerron618

    Pretty decent trade for both teams, they both get what they needed or wanted Sixers get a veteran stretch 4 with a 8mill+contract so that gets them closer to the salary floor plus (possible 2017 1st round pick) & Thunder a SF/PF who they’ve been trying to trade for for some month’s now, plus he’s young he plays Defense & saves them some money as well.

    • thedude

      Well that’s a positive spin on it.

  5. rsevenseas

    This is probably as much about next year as well. Grant had no chance of being more than a piece in Philly’s rotation, Ilyasova will be gone and thus ease Philly’s logjam in frontcourt and allow them to get a veteran 5th big. OKC gets a cheap player with some potential under control in the year that Olidipo’s and Adam’s contracts kick in and they would be hard pressed to add to their team. And they can seriously put out a 5 man squad of long armed defenders who can switch. Westbrook, Oladipo, Roberson, Grant, Adams is an interesting defensive unit.

  6. Nigel

    Good trade for both thunder and Sixers because okc got more athletic length and defense. For Philly they got spacing which it what they need

  7. Ravens_Last_Place

    This is exactly the move the Sixers need to stay bad and exactly the move the Thunder need to make the playoffs but do nothing once they’re in.

  8. smittybanton

    jerryd bayless – no d
    sergio rodriguez – no d
    ersan ilyasova – no d

    bryan colangelo at work….

    sigh

  9. MiggyCabby24

    He’s the only big they have that can space the floor, shooting the 3, so maybe that is why they traded for him. They don’t have enough floor
    spacers except for him, Stauskas and Covington.

  10. FormerlyZ

    As a couple of people mentioned, Grant allows the Thunder to put out some atheltic, versatile, and lengthy lineups that should be good defensively, though they still lack shooting. They could use at least another shooter or 2, especially if they don’t use Anthony Morrow again

  11. Seems premature to write off grant. True he cant shoot yet, but he does everything else pretty well.

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