The Detroit Pistons have agreed on a buyout with Blake Griffin, the team announced on Friday evening. Apparently, several playoff contenders have already expressed their interest in the 31-year-old, but the Brooklyn Nets are the favorites.
The latter report both Shams Charania (The Athletic) and Marc Stein (New York Times) consistent. Stein also names the Lakers, Clippers, Heat, Warriors and Celtics as teams that have expressed an interest in signing Griffin. The Big Man will become an Unrestricted Free Agent on Sunday as soon as he is removed from the waiver list.
Griffin was actually under contract in Detroit for another two years, which would have brought him $ 75.6 million. According to information from The Athletic he waives 13.3 million in order to be bought out of his contract.
“We appreciate what Blake has done on and off the court in Detroit. We have great respect for him as a player and as a person and we wish him all the best for his future,” said a statement from Pistons- GM Troy Weaver.
Griffin plans to make his decision about his next team “in the near future” according to media reports after speaking to prospects. Allegedly, the Nets are also considered a favorite because he has good relationships with his former teammates and current Nets players DeAndre Jordan and Bruce Brown. Griffin is also closely related to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Blake Griffin: Brooklyn Nets the signature favorite
Several rival teams are apparently already assuming that Griffin will sign in Brooklyn. There he should also have the chance to play a title. In Detroit, on the other hand, the focus is on a rebuild. Griffin has not played a game for the Pistons since February 12, but Griffin’s deal made it difficult for the Pistons to find a trade partner.
At the same time, several knee injuries have had a major impact on the performance of the former dunk specialist. After being elected to the All-NBA Third Team two years ago, in 20 games in 2020/21 he averaged just 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists at 36.5 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from downtown.
Over his entire career, the No. 1 pick from 2009, who had his most successful time at the LA Clippers alongside Jordan and Chris Paul in the Lob City era, comes in at 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. In total, he made it into an All-NBA team five times.
Blake Griffin’s career stats
|Seasons||Teams||G / MIN||Points||Rebounds||Assists||FG%||3FG%|
|12||Clippers, Pistons||642 / 34,7||21,4||8,7||4,4||49,5||33,1|