Grant, 26, is having a monster season in his first year with the Pistons, signing as a free agent this offseason after a nice run with the Denver Nuggets.
He enters the All-Star break with averages of 23.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, and is one of the Pistons’ greatest reasons for hope. But with the Pistons in a rebuilding phase, and expected to be “sellers” at the deadline, it would be surprising if Celtics president Danny Ainge were to at least place a call on Grant.
On top of that, Grant would fit well into the Celtics’ trade exception of $28.5 million — as he is making $19 million.
Also, you have to wonder what the Pistons would want back for a player around whom they can build. He is already proven and therefore, likely better than a first-round pick.
So the Celtics may have interest in Grant, but talking the Pistons into making a deal may be another matter entirely.
The Celtics are also reportedly interested in Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic, but the Magic are believed to be considering Vucevic to be off-limits.