Wojnarowski added that Oklahoma City had been pursuing a trade for Grant for several months, and finally got it done. Ilyasova is in the final year of his contract, with an $8.4 million salary, so it’s unclear if Philadelphia will even keep him due to glut of big men they already have. Grant is theoretically a far more versatile player than Ilyasova, and he could contribute as a combo forward, but Oklahoma City surely sought a bit of financial flexibility in making this trade.
Marks also reported the conditional first-round draft pick that would go from Oklahoma City to Philadelphia could turn into two second-round picks. But further details seem to make that unlikely, unless there’s a specific year the first-round pick has to be surrendered by that may come into play for an unknown reason.
The future pick that goes to Philadelphia from OKC is protected 1-20. 76ers will get a first if it falls between 21-30. https://t.co/QbpdCyzLNY
Grant is also the far younger player in this deal, at 22 years old compared Ilyasova at 29. Being a controllable player, with non-guaranteed salaries this and next season, also makes Grant an appealing option for the Thunder as they add youth and depth to their roster.