Like Andre Drummond with the Cavaliers, we should no longer see Blake Griffin with the Pistons jersey.
“After a long conversation with Blake’s representatives, it was decided that we would work to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties”, announces GM, Troy Weaver, to ESPN. “We respect all of Blake’s efforts in Detroit and in his career and we will work to achieve a positive outcome for all parties involved.”
Clearly, the strong winger is removed from the rotation, waiting for the club to set up a trade, or at worst get rid of his contract via a « buyout ».
A situation that could allow the former Clipper to bounce back into a title contender for the end of the season. “I’m grateful to the Pistons for figuring out what I want to accomplish in my career and working with me on the best way forward” he explains in reaction.
However, it will not be easy to set up a trade, the 31-year-old interior expected to reach $ 36.6 million this season, with a player option at $ 39 million for next season. Especially since he has been quite ghostly since the start of the season, his injuries having made him lose his impact. While he has posterized a lot of people since his arrival in the NBA, he has not dunked in a match since December 12, 2019 …
But as Bobby Marks explains, a « buyout » will not be easy either since the Pistons want to keep a salary margin, and they will undoubtedly ask Blake Griffin to put a cross on a very large part of his remaining salary in order to release him.
Buyout : amicable breach of contract. The player is released from his contract with severance payments which can reach the totality of the rest of his contract. The player then becomes a free agent, and can sign elsewhere.
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