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A question in so many minds was: What will Oklahoma City do with Jerami Grant?

The question didn’t take long to be answered. Oklahoma City re-signed Jerami Grant for three-year, $22 million at the beginning of free agency. Grant’s third year comes with a player option.

Oklahoma City acquired Jerami Grant two seasons ago from Philadelphia. He was a relative unkonwn and, I’ll be the first one to admit, I was wrong about him. I figured Oklahoma City made the wrong choice by training Ersan Elyasova for him. Presti stays winning.

Grant averaged 8.4 points last season on 53.5 percent shooting. While not the greatest three-point shooter, his numbers are solid across the boar dand provides a decent plus/minus.

Keeping Grant on a $9 million annual salary could cost the Thunder an additional $40 million in luxury tax. His re-signing is a clear message to George and All-Star guard Russell Westbrook about ownership’s willingness to possibly host the largest payroll in NBA history, which with George and Grant is north of $300 million at this point with only 11 players.

Grant was the 39th overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Grant’s iconic moment came in the Western Conference playoffs when he was a real piece in Oklahoma City’s historic comeback against Utah while Carmelo Anthony was on the bench. Anthony would eventually re-enter the game, but it was Grant who provided the spark.


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