The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly agreed to a deal to send All-Star forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.
With injuries ravaging the season, the Detroit Pistons have pulled off a major move to stay relevant in the Eastern Conference. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin is on the way to help salvage the Pistons’ season. Per the report, the Pistons and Clippers have agreed to a trade that will send the five-time All-Star to Detroit.
This past offseason, Griffin signed a new five-year $173 million contract with the Clippers. As the Clippers have also dealt with their share of injuries this season, Griffin has also played a major part in saving what could have been a lost season for L.A. In that regard, it’s strange to see the organization change course. This also doesn’t seem like a move that Griffin would be happy with.
Once finalized, the Clippers will receive Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round pick and a second-rounder. This is obviously a move to rebuild by Doc Rivers and the Clippers, as noted with two draft picks included in the deal.
This is obviously a lot for Detroit to give up for Griffin. But, taking into account their current situation, they don’t have much leverage to drive a hard bargain. The Pistons want to win…and a player like Griffin not only helps them do that, but gives them a real opportunity to reshape the future roster.
As for the Eastern Conference, this could be a shake-up, especially for the future. A player of Griffin’s magnitude will entice talent to come to Detroit, and another legitimate star in the conference is a good look.