Blake Griffin traded to Pistons
Blake Griffin was a 5-time All-Star with the Los Angeles Clippers over 7 seasons
On Monday afternoon the Los Angeles Clippers traded forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons sent guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, and center Boban Marjanovic along with one first round and one second round pick. The Clippers also sent forwards Brice Johnson and Willie Reed.
This move comes after a 25-24 start, and trading away point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets over the summer, the Clippers decided to send away another third of "Lob City." After 7 straight seasons in the playoffs, it looks like the front office has decided to give up on continuing that string of success. With center DeAndre Jordan set to be a free agent this off-season (he has a $24 million player option this summer, but will most likely decline to either get more money from the Clippers or take his talents elsewhere) it is apparent that the Clippers are looking to hit a total reset button on their search for a title.
Blake Griffin now joins the 22-26 Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference just 2.5 games out of a playoff spot. Griffin has played in 33 games this season and has averaged 22.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 5.4 APG. He joins former All-Star center in Andre Drummond in Detroit to form a similar front court to the one Griffin leaves in Los Angeles.
Griffin was drafted in 2009 by the Clippers and won Rookie of the Year in 2010-2011 season after missing his first year of eligibility due to injury. He has averaged 21.6 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 4.2 APG throughout his career with the Clippers. He helped lead them to 7 playoff appearances but he and his team never got past the second round.