Blake Griffin Traded to Pistons
In a massive blockbuster trade that we have come to expect after a whirlwind off-season, the Detroit Pistons have agreed to send Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and a first- and second-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for popular power forward and perennial All-Star Blake Griffin. Griffin, who signed a 5-year, $171 million deal this past off-season after months of speculation on his future is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. The Clippers are currently one game over .500 at 25-24 and one game out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Pistons, who meanwhile are 22-26 and also in 9th place in the Eastern Conference will also receive Brice Johnson and Willie Reed to round out the deal.
This is obviously a major shift in the landscape in both conferences, and a shock to many folks who thought that after signing the massive deal before the season that Griffin would remain a Clipper for life, which he has repeatedly stated that he wanted. One stipulation of the deal is that Griffin received a no-trade clause from the Pistons. This comes mere hours after reports surfaced that Avery Bradley (whom the Pistons acquired in a trade with the Boston Celtics this off-season) would be made available for a trade and that the price to acquire him would be high because they did not want to lose him as a free agent at the end of this season and receive nothing in the way of compensation. Bradley will be reunited with coach Doc Rivers, who was with the Celtics at the beginning of Bradley’s career and famously thrust him into the spotlight by starting him over Ray Allen which some people believe hastened Allen’s exit to the Miami Heat for less money than Boston offered to keep him from their (at the time) fierce rival. This familiarity and trust may help Los Angeles lock up the free agent to be to a long-term deal.