Heat expected to have interest in Nuggets forward Grant

Nuggets forward Jerami Grant drives to the basket vs. the Lakers. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Add the Miami Heat to the list of teams that would have interest in Denver Nuggets forward Jerami Grant in free agency, as reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Grant is coming off a strong playoff showing and is expected to opt out of his contract. Per Mike Singer of The Denver Post, Grant and the Nuggets share mutual interest in a return.

Meanwhile, the Heat are looking to add a piece or two following an inspirational run to the Finals.

“It’s doubtful Miami will offer more than one year to any free agent, which makes a Grant pursuit seemingly unlikely to be successful,” Jackson wrote. “Another Denver free agent (Paul Millsap) or the Clippers’ Marcus Morris could be more realistic targets with Miami’s mid-level exception.”

Along with a potential Nuggets return, Grant is also said to be on the radar of the Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns.

His contract option for next season is worth around $9.3 million, Singer noted.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Grant told reporters when asked about the offseason. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Grant drew praise from Nuggets coach Michael Malone and teammates after a strong performance in the Western Conference Finals. The Nuggets were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

Grant averaged 21.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in the final three games of the series. A source told Singer that Grant could command between $14 million and $16 million per season on the open market.

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Sam Amico
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