Blake Griffin reflects on time with Clippers, thanks fans for support

31 January, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Avery Bradley at his first Pistons press conference via YouTube

Heading to Detroit with Griffin, however, are center Willie Reed and forward Brice Johnson - the latter a former First Team All-American during his senior year at UNC following the 2015-16 campaign.

There have been plenty of speculation lately about LeBron James becoming a free agent this coming summer. Jordan's contract is very almost prohibitive given Boston's cap situation, and while Williams would be a nice addition of offensive punch off the bench, the Celtics might not want to send out the value required to bring him in as a rental. "Improved his jump shot, so, um, it was definitely a good trade for Detroit".

Though this is intriguing news for Pistons fans, Griffin (as well as the other players traded) will not be available for Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News. LeBron gets to reset with a new star and the Cavs have him locked down for five years if LeBron wants to walk after this season. He can also test free agency.

Not only does the deal clear cap space, the Clippers potentially acquired a lottery pick in a deep 2018 draft.

Williams is among the hottest targets on the trade market right now, and his inflated value is something the Clippers will be trying to leverage in trade discussions with several suitors. That gives them two picks in the top ten easy, perhaps even two picks in the top five.

Option number two is to embrace the youth and play the long game.

But how does the best basketball player in the world feel about it? Bradley will likely be gone, Marjanovic is nothing more than a role player. The club drafted Griffin first overall in 2009 as a major piece of the team's puzzle that subsequently helped elevate the franchise from perennial irrelevancy. If they can't, well, they are getting into Brooklyn Nets territory.

The next season, officially his rookie year, Griffin was selected as an All-Star, won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. "I was a little bit in shock when I saw it, but I know the business".



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