Northwest Notes: Grant, Reddish, Markkanen, Williams

The Trail Blazers may try to re-sign Jerami Grant regardless of whether they pursue a teardown, considering they gave up a future first-round pick for him, Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype opines.

However, they’ll have competition. Cap space teams like the Rockets and Pacers could be in the market for a versatile veteran forward like Grant, Gozlan writes. The Thunder could also look to add a veteran presence to their improving team and a reunion with the Pistons, who traded Grant to the Blazers last summer, isn’t out of the question.

We have more from the Northwest Division:

  • Forward Cam Reddish missed the Trail Blazers‘ game against Minnesota on Sunday due to lumbar soreness, the team tweets. Reddish, a restricted free agent after the season, has missed three consecutive games.
  • Forward Lauri Markkanen returned to the Jazz lineup on Sunday after missing the two previous games with a bruised left hand, Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune tweets. Markkanen had 23 points and nine rebounds in a one-point loss to Brooklyn.
  • Jalen Williams has averaged 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals since the All-Star break. Barry Tramel of The Oklahoman (subscription required) takes a closer look at the Thunder lottery pick, noting that Williams has star potential. “I don’t know how good he’ll be. But I think it’s pretty safe to look at the fact that his floor’s going to be pretty high, because he’s big, he plays great defense, he’s got a great feel for the game,” coach Mark Daigneault said.
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