Pistons acquire forward Blake Griffin in trade with Clippers

Griffin's PER ranks 10th among power forwards this year with guys like John Collins, Bobby Portis and teammate Montrezl Harrell outpacing him.

If the Clippers aren't rebuilding after trading Griffin, Brice Johnson and Willie Reed for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and a first- and second-round draft pick, they are at least extremely retooling. The Clippers have small-forward depth with the addition of Harris and will likely insert him into the starting lineup. Rivers, mind you, was relieved of his front office duties with the Clippers last summer, and is now signed to be their head coach through the 2019 season.

Bradley, who is a well-respected defender around the league, was never considered a long-term solution for the Pistons.

When Chris Paul left the Clippers, it really marked the beginning of the end for Lobb City. The trade is even more stunning given that the Clippers gave Griffin a 5-year, $173 million contract this summer. One thing to note is Griffin has battled knee as well as other injuries in the past so Detroit can only hope for Griffin to stay healthy. A source close to the Clippers said they also don't expect James to consider them in free agency.

Just a year ago the list was short, as it was only LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dirk Nowitzki (who later dropped the clause after re-working a team-friendly deal to stay with the team).

For the Clippers, the move is a timely one.

Harris was leading the Pistons with 18.1 points per game and making $16 million. Can we increase our ability to add young emerging talent and draft picks?

Yes, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Blake Griffin was traded Monday (h/t Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report). It becomes unprotected in 2021 if the Clippers have not received the selection. The Clippers are ninth place in the Western Conference with a record of 25-24. The agreement of first- and second-round draft picks the Pistons are giving to the Clippers do not now have a year attached to them. Is there an impending deal for Jordan and Williams?


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