- The Portland Trail Blazers’ championship odds remain unchanged despite adding Jerami Grant.
- Portland sent a future first round pick to the Detroit Pistons to acquire Grant last Wednesday.
- The Blazers are still a longshot +10000 to win the 2023 NBA Championship.
The Portland Trail Blazers acquired forward Jerami Grant from the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, sending a 2025 first-round pick to bag the 28-year-old.
But despite adding a 20-point scorer and a member of the U.S men’s basketball team to the 2022 Tokyo Olympics, the Blazers’ odds to win the 2023 NBA championships remain unchanged.
It does not necessarily mean that Grant does not move the needle. But for now, the Blazers remain as longshots to win it all next season.
Newest Trail Blazer
Jerami Grant is the newest Portland Trail Blazer ♨️
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 22, 2022
Grant was the 39th overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2014 NBA Draft. He spent his first two NBA seasons with the Sixers before he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2016-17 season. Grant spent three seasons with the Thunder who also ended up trading him to the Denver Nuggets after his best career season in 2018-19.
The son of former NBA player Harvey Grant then signed a three-year $60 million deal with the Pistons in 2020, via a sign-and-trade deal with the Nuggets. Grant blossomed into a legit scorer while playing for a rebuilding Detroit team whose players were mostly younger than him in the last two seasons, Grant has averaged 20.9 points per game on 42.8% FG shooting and 35.3% accuracy from the three-point distance while also grabbing 4.4 rebounds per game.
Despite Grant’s addition, the Blazers remain as longshots to win the 2023 NBA Championship. Portland opened at +10000 odds to win the 2023 NBA championship and remained at that price prior to the trade. The Blazers are still listed at +10000 at BetMGM and Caesars Sportsbook two days after the Grant trade although they have moved up a bit at +8000 via the BetOnline App and Bet365 USA. Portland is even at a longer +15000 at PointsBet USA.
Blazers ‘Not Good Enough’ to Win a Championship
Damian Lillard on if the Blazers need changes this offseason: “Obviously where we are isn’t good enough to win a championship if it’s not good enough to get out of a first round series with two of their best three or four players not on the floor.” pic.twitter.com/gbXkqDko0s
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) June 4, 2021
Since Damian Lillard “complained” last offseason that the Blazers were not good enough to compete for an NBA title, Portland has done a lot of moves to improve Lillard’s supporting cast. Of course, they had to trade C.J. McCollum last season but the Blazers have added Cody Zeller, Ben McLemore, Josh Hart, Dennis Smith Jr., Eric Bledsoe, Justice Winslow, Joe Ingles, and now Jerami Grant. No big stars on that list, but that’s definitely a solid supporting cast behind Lillard.
The Blazers have struggled ever since they made the 2019 Western Conference Finals. They were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2022 Playoffs and were also ousted in the opening round by the Denver Nuggets the following season. Coach Terry Stotts was fired at the end of the season and he was replaced by the highly-touted Chauncey Billups.
Portland went 27-55 during the 2021-22 NBA season and finished 13th in the Western Conference, missing the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. Lillard played in only 29 games last season with an abdominal injury and his numbers were his lowest since 2015. However, the Blazers are expected to bounce back this year with a new and improved crew behind Lillard. The oddsmakers, however, still don’t think it’s championship material.