OT: Blake Griffin is a Piston

Submitted by The Maize Halo on January 29th, 2018 at 6:18 PM

Per Woj: 

Clippers trying to free-up for Lebron?

Who (and what) would we be letting go?

Either way -- big (potential) news!

EDIT

From the comments, it's possibly quite the steep asking price: Bradley, Tobias, Boban, and our first-round pick.

EDIT #2

Per Woj, done deal:

Comments

Cali Wolverine

January 29th, 2018 at 8:39 PM ^

...Blake has been fun to watch...but can never get through a season unscathed.

The biggest joke is that the Clippers think they have a chance of getting Lebron. There is a curse on the Clippers that they will never shake unless they change their name and move out of Los Angeles (not DTLA to Inglewood).

robpollard

January 29th, 2018 at 6:36 PM ^

I was reading an SI article on him early in the year. He works his ass off to try and prevent injuries, while also improving his game (like adding a 3-pt shot this year).

He makes progress and then, inevitably, something snaps or is broken.

And it's not going to get any better as he gets older, unless he defies medical science.

Night_King

January 29th, 2018 at 6:25 PM ^

Per Kevin O’Connor Twitter -

The deal I heard that's being discussed is Blake Griffin for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and a first-round pick.

robpollard

January 29th, 2018 at 6:34 PM ^

Griffin is signed through 2022 -- at $38 million a year.

Are the Pistons one piece away from contending? Um....no (unless that piece is a LeBron / Bill Russell / MJ hybrid who never gets tired or injured).

Griffin is an excellent player, but is *way* too injury prone. The Pistons don't need any more dead money. If I'm not mistaken, they are still paying Josh Smith.
 

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

January 29th, 2018 at 7:10 PM ^

Agree - this smells like desperation and a last-chance idea on SVG's part.  He's been fiddling and fiddling with the roster and nothing works.  I thought the team they'd assembled this year was pretty good, but without Jackson it's been tanking horribly and even before he went down the cracks were showing.

If this Griffin thing doesn't work, 1) the Pistons are gonna be in cap hell for a while and Drummond is straight-up gone, and 2) SVG is toast.  Suddenly, you're looking at much bigger roles for guys like Kennard and Stanley Johnson because the backcourt is shit on a shingle right now.  And, uh, those guys haven't exactly lived up to any expectations.  This twin-towers strategy is kind of a desperation heave if you ask me.

ijohnb

January 29th, 2018 at 6:36 PM ^

Griffin does nothing for me, or the Pistons. If that is the other option, just tank and hit the lottery. Griffin does not give max effort and he really doesn’t impose his will on games despite all his talent. This would be a very Piston-esque move though, so there is that.