LA Clippers Send Blake Griffin To The Pistons

Blake Griffin left averaged 22.6 points in 33 games for the Clippers this season. More
Blake Griffin left averaged 22.6 points in 33 games for the Clippers this season. More

31 January, 2018

The Clippers will receive guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, centre Boban Marjanovic and a first and second round pick. 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. Detroit also acquired Brice Johnson and Willie Reed in the trade.

He also joins a former UNC teammate in the Motor City, as wing Reggie Bullock is now averaging a career-high 8.2 points per game for the Pistons. The Clippers are 25-24 and sit half a game behind the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Griffin had not arrived in Detroit as of Tuesday afternoon, and it's unlikely he'll play in the matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy within the community of Los Angeles will be permanent", Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement Monday. "Blake has been an All-NBA performer, he's a five-time All-Star and a player that commands attention whenever he's on the floor".

Griffin did not have a no-trade clause in his contract.

Griffin's statement was released on social media and paid tribute to the city that he has called home and the Clippers fans.

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The move comes just months after the Clippers wooed Griffin in free agency with a pitch that included raising his jersey to the rafters and likening him to historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi on a t-shirt.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski the first round pick will be top-four protected for the next three years before it will become unprotected.

Reed, 6-11, is in his third season out of Saint Louis, averaging 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 39 games, including five starts.

He has had several injuries in his career, including a sprained MCL in November, a broken toe in 2017, knee surgery in 2016 and back issues since 2014.

The Pistons have lost 12 of the 15 games that Jackson's missed thus far, dropping them to 22-26.

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