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LA Clippers Send Blake Griffin To The Pistons

February 21 2018, 05:37 | Van Peters

Report: Pistons, Clippers agree to deal to send Blake Griffin to Detroit

Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin in 'serious talks' to be traded to Pistons, sources say

Being the big name in the conversation, Griffin is the blockbuster piece of the trade, especially given that he just signed a new five-year, $171 million deal with the Clippers.

ESPN's Zach Lowe reported in October, that the Clippers had arranged a walkway for Griffin at the Staples Center, in which fake walls were decorated with photos of Griffin throughout his life.

Griffin, 28, was drafted by the Clippers with the first overall pick in 2008, and made five All-Star teams during his tenure. The Clippers have small-forward depth with the addition of Harris and will likely insert him into the starting lineup.

The Clippers (25-24) are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, now in 9th place, a game behind the Nuggets, but apparently are looking to rid themselves of the their best player anyway.

The Lob City era is over, never making even a Western Conference finals appearance. He has struggled with injuries in the last few seasons, and missed his entire rookie season with a left knee injury. The Pistons will also part with a first and second round pick.

Just previous year the list was short, as it was only LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dirk Nowitzki (who later dropped the clause after re-working a team-friendly deal to stay with the team).

If the Clippers decide to keep Jordan to team-up with James, they must unload the remaining two years and $44.2 million from Danilo Gallinari's contract. On his career, Griffin averages 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.

"When a player gets traded, they were doing what's best for the franchise, but when a player decides to leave, he's not loyal, he's a snake, he's not committed". They're young... are they the talent that Blake is? No.

The Pistons will retain the first-round pick if it's in the top four in any of the next three drafts.

Speculation arose that the Clippers, who are 25-24, were hitting the reset button with the Griffin trade, and Jordan and Williams were next.



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