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Blazers’ Grant wants to meet with Pistons

Detroit hasn’t said whether it has any interest in forward

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Having already met with the New York Knicks, Brian Grant now wants to visit the Detroit Pistons.

The agent for Portland Trail Blazers star is trying to set up a meeting.

"We're checking his schedule for this week," lawyer Mark Bartelstein said in The Detroit News on Wednesday. "We're looking at a couple of days at the end of this week or the beginning of next week."

The 6-foot-9 free agent met with the Knicks last week. Free agents cannot sign contracts until Aug. 1.

The Pistons on Wednesday did not return calls seeking comment. They have been shopping for a forward since Grant Hill announced his departure for the Orlando Magic.

Detroit met with Milwaukee Bucks small forward Tim Thomas last week. Thomas said he hoped to make his decision by the end of the week.

Grant is one of the league's best all-around power forwards despite being slowed by knee and foot injuries last season. In 1998-99, he had his best season, starting 46 of 50 games and averaging 11.5 points and 9.8 rebounds.

Grant made nearly $7.7 million last season, and last month he decided to opt out of the final four years of his contract, exercising a clause in the deal he signed in 1997 when he left Sacramento. The decision cost Grant more than $40 million in guaranteed salary.

The Blazers can pay him more than any other team, and Grant could re-sign for up to seven years and $86.7 million. The maximum he could make elsewhere is $67.5 million over six years.