Blake Griffin traded to Pistons

31 January, 2018, 05:01 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Blake Griffin traded from Clippers to Pistons in blockbuster deal, sources say

The deal didn't include a no-trade clause.

With Griffin and center Andre Drummond both locked up until at least the 2020-21 National Basketball Association season, the Pistons will have one of the best front courts in the National Basketball Association for the foreseeable future.

The Clippers were able to move Griffin despite just signing him to a massive contract.

While the trade itself is about the present for the Pistons and the future for the Clippers, the most fascinating aspect is the closing of the door on what was easily the most successful era in Clipper history, yet will still always feel ultimately disappointing. So I'm definitely [aware]. What I do know, though, is that it is going to be a long couple of years upcoming for Clippers' fans.

This season, Griffin averaged 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per contest, while fellow newly minted Pistons Brice Johnson and Willie Reed averaged 1.8 points in 4.2 minutes, and 4.8 points in 10.7 minutes per game, respectively.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the trade, which had not yet been officially announced as of Monday night.

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Griffin was selected by the Clippers #1 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft and spent every season up until this point in Los Angeles, which included five straight All-Star selections and six consecutive playoff appearances.

On Tuesday morning, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy explained the team's rationale in gambling on the injury-riddled Griffin despite his massive contract. Zach Lowe breaks down what the move means and what comes next.

Detroit is scuffling as well.

The Pistons' next game is scheduled for Tuesday night against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it's still unclear whether Griffin, Johnson and Reed will be available right away. Bradley was acquired this off-season from Boston in exchange for Marcus Morris. However, in the 40 games he played with Detroit, he averaged 15 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 31.7 minutes of action.

The stunning swap comes just seven months after Griffin, the five-time All-Star, signed a massive 171 million USA dollars free agent deal that was supposed to cement his place as a Clipper for life.

As a rookie, he was an All-Star, won the slam dunk contest and was named NBA Rookie of the Year.

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