The LA Clippers have traded All-Star forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. The Clippers will receive Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, and a first- and second-round draft pick. The Clippers are also sending Brice Johnson and Willie Reed to Detroit alongside Griffin. Protections on Detroit’s 2018 first-round pick include 1-4 in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and unprotected in 2021, sources said.
“Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy within the community of Los Angeles will be permanent,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a news release announcing the deal Monday night. “It was a pleasure getting to know and cheer for Blake. I wish him, as well as Brice and Willie, the best of luck.
“While change is hard, my confidence in our front office, led by Lawrence Frank and Michael Winger, along with the sage counsel of Jerry West, has never been higher,” Ballmer said. “I believe today, more than ever, in our ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship.”
Talks on the blockbuster trade began six days ago before accelerating entering Monday, according to league sources. The framework of a deal had been in place since early Monday afternoon.
Sources said Los Angeles will continue to discuss dealing Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan, with a plan to focus on young players and draft picks while competing for a playoff spot this season. On July 1, Griffin reached an agreement on a five-year, $171 million deal with the Clippers. Griffin did not receive a no-trade clause as part of the new contract.
A free agent in the 2017 offseason, Griffin met with Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers, West and several players at Staples Center in a celebration of his career. At the end of the two-hour fete, Griffin rose and spoke, telling teammates, his coach and the owner, “I want my legacy to be a Clipper.”
This season, Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games for the 25-24 Clippers, who are in ninth place in the Western Conference, 14½ games behind the Golden State Warriors entering Monday.
His career averages are 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
“Blake is one of the best players ever to wear a Clippers jersey,” Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, said in the news release. “We want to express our gratitude and respect for everything he has done for this team and the City of Los Angeles. This was a very difficult decision, but we ultimately felt it was appropriate for the franchise. We would also like to thank Brice and Willie for their contributions to our organization.”
Ballmer also thanked Griffin in a tweet Monday and wished him good luck in Detroit.
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This came out of nowhere! If someone were to be traded from the Clippers, the names of DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams has been mentioned several times. Seeing that Griffin just signed that huge deal this off-season and his history of injuries you would think it’s impossible to trade him. By pairing Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin in the Eastern Conference could be fun. With Drummond and Griffin having huge contracts, can they put pieces around them?