Report: Trail Blazers signing Grant Jerrett

Nick Laham/Getty Images
1 Comment

The Trail Blazers took off last season when they moved Al-Farouq Aminu to power forward. Stretch fours are especially valuable with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum running Terry Stotts’ offense.

So, Portland seeks another in Grant Jerrett.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

To attend training camp, a player must have a valid NBA contract. Presumably, Jerrett’s contract is just partially guaranteed.

The Trail Blazers have 14 players – one fewer than the regular-season roster limit – with fully guaranteed salaries. Jerrett will probably compete with Tim Quarterman ($75,000 guaranteed) and Luis Montero  (unguaranteed) for the final spot. Portland doesn’t have its own D-League affiliate, so this appears to be a genuine chance to for Jerrett to stick.

Jerrett was actually drafted by the Trail Blazers (No. 40 in 2013), but they were picking for the Thunder. He spent nearly all his first pro season in the D-League then split his rookie NBA year between Oklahoma City and Utah in 2014-15. The Jazz waived him entering last season despite his fully guaranteed salary.

Jerrett’s outside shooting stroke and 6-foot-10 frame offer intrigue. His athleticism was also a plus coming out of Arizona, though that’s more in question after multiple injuries. Jerrett will have to shoot a little better than he has or improve his complementary skills to make it in the NBA.