Pistons forward Jerami Grant underwent a successful surgical procedure on Thursday to repair the UCL ligament in his right thumb, the team announced today in a press release. According to the Pistons, Grant will be reevaluated in six weeks.
That six-week timeline was reported over the weekend when Grant was first diagnosed with a ligament tear in his thumb. There’s no guarantee the 27-year-old will be cleared to return to action at that time, but it sounds like the earliest we could see him back on the court would be at the end of January.
Grant’s return date is worth keeping an eye on, since he has been cited recently as a possible in-season trade candidate. Marc Stein was the latest to confirm the rumor, writing today on Substack that there’s a “rising belief” Detroit is open to moving Grant, who is increasingly viewed by rival teams as one of the NBA’s top trade candidates. The trade deadline lands on February 10 this season, so Grant’s potential suitors will have to feel comfortable about his health before offering up major assets for him.
In 78 games (33.7 MPG) across two seasons with the Pistons, Grant has averaged 21.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, and 1.1 BPG on .425/.344/.847 shooting. His averages this season are 20.1 PPG and 4.8 RPG with a .414/.331/.849 shooting line in 24 contests (33.2 MPG).