Clippers trade Blake Griffin to Pistons in massive NBA shake-up

Clippers trade Blake Griffin to Pistons in massive NBA shake-up

Hours after the Pistons made it known that Avery Bradley was available via trade, they’ve found a partner. But Bradley is not the biggest name on the move in the deal.

That title instead belongs to Blake Griffin, who has officially been moved from the Clippers to the Pistons in the deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 28-year-old Griffin, who avoid testing the open market (where the Celtics were very much waiting and interested) when he signed a five-year deal worth over $170 million last summer, is averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season.

Headlined by Bradley, the deal will also see the Pistons send Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round and a second-round draft pick to Los Angeles. The first-round pick has top-four protection from 2018 through 2020, but would be unprotected in 2021.

The Clippers’ Brice Johnson and Willie Reed are also included in the deal.

With no disrespect to those Piston-turned-Clippers, this is not the kind of deal that the Clippers make if they’re even somewhat hopeful of their 2018-19 chances, which already seemed rather bleak with a 25-24 record and No. 9 spot out West.

It’s instead the official confirmation of a rebuild for the Clippers, who remain coached by the same Doc Rivers that was unwilling to go through a rebuild with the Celtics back in 2013. Rivers, mind you, was relieved of his front office duties with the Clippers last summer, and is currently signed to be their head coach through the 2019 season.

Having lost both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in a mere seven months, and with DeAndre Jordan likely the next one out the door, it’s hard to see Doc hanging around for a rebuild looking longer than the one he was above going through with the Celtics.

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Source: GreenStreet Blog

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