Blake Griffin Traded to the Detroit Pistons


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Blake Griffin on the Clippers.

Blake Griffin, the face of the Los Angeles Clippers, signed a $171 million contract with the Detroit Pistons for a span of 5 years. Blake Griffin is 28 years old and has been in the NBA All-Stars five-times. With Blake, center Willie Reed and forward Brice Johnson also from the Clippers, were traded to the Pistons. They were traded for guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic.

The owner of the Detroit Pistons said,“We are serious about winning, and this is a major move to improve our team. Blake Griffin is one of the NBA’s elite players, and when you get an opportunity to add that kind of talent, you take it. We gave up a lot to get him, including Tobias Harris — one of the hardest working, highest-character players I know — and two high-quality young men in Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic.  But we are very excited to bring Blake Griffin to Detroit. He is a great fit for our team and will bring a combination of toughness and athleticism that will elevate our team and excite our fans.” Lawrence Frank, the president of the Clippers’ Basketball Operations also talked about how Blake Griffin was one of the best basketball players to be on the Clippers and how he would be missed in Los Angeles.

Blake Griffin was a free agent in the offseason for 2017. After the Pistons played against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James talked about trades like Griffin’s and he thought that trades like these are just a part of business but players who explore free agency are blamed for being disloyal to their home team. Lebron also talked about how if a player is traded it’s for the team’s franchise, but when he leaves, he is not loyal. “ When a player decides to leave, he’s not committed I’m definitely aware,” he said. “I know that firsthand.”

This season, Blake Griffin has attended 33 games and averaged a sum of 23 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 35 and ½ minutes per game. Griffin has been shooting 44.1% from the field, 34.2 percent from the three-point line, and 78.5% from the free throw line. He has gotten 5 double-doubles (when you get into double digits for two sections in basketball. For example 11 assists and 26 points.) All in all this trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons might turn out to be a good trade or the Clippers might have lost one of their players.