Rumors: Blazers offered Jerami Grant max contract extension worth over $122MM
The Portland Trail Blazers have offered Jerami Grant a maximum contract extension worth around $122 million in four years, sources told Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports.
But as added by Fischer, Grant hasn’t accepted it, operating on the idea that the Blazers can sign him in free agency for as much as $233 million in five years.
But the “upper range” of noted gigantic figures, as what Fischer stated, “appears unrealistic” on both sides to land next offseason.
Grant, an expiring asset and set to become unrestricted free-agent, became eligible to ink an extension earlier this month, but he may sign a much bigger money check from the Blazers once he enters the free agency as mandated by his Bird Rights.
In the financial standpoint, Grant’s refusal on the Blazers’ extension offer only allows himself to be in the position to secure a much lucrative contract. As such, with this given scenario, he can only hope to further elevate his value on the remaining part of the 2022-23 campaign and prove to the franchise brass that he is deserving of a pay raise.
The team’s prized acquisition from last summer, Grant has been wonderful so far this season for Portland and averaging 21.2 points, 4.3 boards, 2.4 assists in 35.7 minutes for 46 total games played. He is also draining a career high 42.4 percent from three out of 5.7 attempts per contest.
The Blazers (23-25) are sitting on a tight competitive slate in the Western Conference, currently at the 13th place and just three wins away from the fourth seed. Grant’s production will be very much needed by the club as the season moves along, as they are targeting to secure an appearance within the playoff stage come April.