The Los Angeles Clippers have traded All-Star Forward Blake Griffin, to the Detroit Pistons for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, and a 1st and 2nd round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The team has officially reached the fire sale part of their very disappointing NBA season.
The Clippers are currently the 9th placed team in the Western Conference with a 25-24 record in the very competitive west. Trading talent may have made sense to the Clippers front office. Especially, after not resigning Chris Paul.
Griffin despite the disappointing start to the season, had been having a great season for the Clippers.
Griffin was averaging 22.6 points per game, grabbing 7.8 rebounds per game, and averaging 5.4 assists per game. He has also added a three-point jump shot to his game.
The Clippers just resigned Griffin to a five-year 148-million-dollar deal. Trading Griffin after resigning him does not speak very highly of the team. The organization was able to resign him, because they told him he would be the center piece, of the younger and more dynamic Clippers.
The Pistons are not only getting a superstar in Griffin, but a hungry and dynamic scorer with something to prove after being traded.
Griffin should also play well with Pistons star center Andre Drummond. Griffin can adapt his game to playing with a big man. Since, he played with DeAndre Jordan another paint dominant center.
Having Griffin should also take the pressure off the Pistons’ role players and add some outside shooting to a team that was lacking in that category. The Pistons now have a piece they can build around for the next five years.