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Thunder set to land another first-round pick as Grant follows George out

By Sports Desk July 08, 2019

The Oklahoma City Thunder have landed another future first-round pick after agreeing a deal to trade forward Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets for a 2020 draft selection, according to ESPN.

The trade, which saves the Thunder $39million in salary and luxury tax, marks the sixth first-round pick the team have obtained in the past week after securing five future first-rounders for trading Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers in a shock move.

The Thunder found themselves in rebuild mode after George requested to be traded to join Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles. 

Speculation is rife over Russell Westbrook too. Reports suggested the former NBA MVP and his agent had asked for a meeting with the general manager Sam Presti, with a trade before the new season not ruled out.

Grant is under contract for the next two years and will have a player option for the 2020-21 season.

The 25-year-old was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 39th overall pick in 2014 and spent two years there before being traded to the Thunder.

Grant averaged 13.6 points and 5.2 rebounds for OKC last season, both career highs.

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