Grant a career year in 2017-18 as he managed career bests in points (despite seeing a decline in shooting and free-throw percentage), assists, rebounds and steals. The former Notre Dame star should look to improve his poor 32.6 percent three-point shooting percentage come next season, as that will add another arsenal to his game. The 24-year-old is under contract for next year with a price tag of about $2.6 million with a qualifying offer in 2019-20.
Grant went for 13 points (5-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists and one rebound across 28 minutes in Saturday's 124-96 loss to the Nets.
Grant has developed into a reliable source of second-unit scoring punch over the first four games of April, averaging 13.0 points on 51.3 percent shooting across 26.5 minutes during that stretch. The third-year guard had been rounding out his production with some solid steal numbers prior to Saturday also, as he'd posted multiple swipes in three straight. Given his steady second -unit role, Grant offers some utility as a DFS punt play over the final two games of the campaign.
Grant compiled 11 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven assists, two steals and one rebound in 26 minutes during Sunday's 113-94 victory over Washington.
Grant played 26 minutes for the second consecutive game as the Bulls continue to shuffle their rotations on a nightly basis. After initially being taken out of the rotation after the All-star break, he has now played in eight consecutive games. He doesn't offer a lot in terms of fantasy but can rack up the assists when given the opportunity. He still remains an option in deeper leagues only.
With the Bulls marching toward the lottery, they'll move Grant out of the rotation in favor of Cameron Payne (foot), who will take over as the team's backup point guard once he returns from a lengthy injury absence. The decision is a bit of a head-scratcher, though it appears to be a thinly veiled attempt to develop young talent and improve Chicago's draft pick, as veteran Robin Lopez will also move into a reduced role. Leading up to the break, Grant had been starting in place of Kris Dunn while he recovered from a concussion, averaging nearly 35 minutes per game during that span. With Dunn now back and Payne expected to be available in the very near future, Grant looks to have very little fantasy utility over the final two months of the regular season.
Grant is expected to move back to the bench Wednesday against the Raptors after Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg stated Kris Dunn (concussion) would start at point guard in his return to action, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.
Dunn has been sidelined for the Bulls' last 11 games with the head injury, affording Grant some extended run as the team's floor general. Over that span, Grant averaged 12.2 points (on 49.4 percent shooting from the field), 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.0 steal in 33.5 minutes per contest. While those numbers made him a useful short-term pickup in some fantasy leagues, Grant's appeal will dwindle significantly now that Dunn is back in the fold. With Dunn on a 20-minute restriction Wednesday, Grant could still see enough burn to turn in a quality outing, but expect the latter's playing time to gradually decrease following the All-Star break.
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