The trade deadline fiasco has officially begun.
In a blockbuster deal first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Clippers sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and draft picks.
The Clippers and Pistons have agreed on a deal to trade Blake Griffin for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round and a second-round draft pick, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 29, 2018
Wojnarowski later added that the Clippers are also throwing in forwards Willie Reed and Brice Johnson in the swap. He also revealed the motives behind the franchise’s bold move of trading away its superstar.
For Clippers, three objectives with the trade were these: Stay competitive on the floor (two starters, Harris and Bradley). Get young players/draft picks and create some payroll flexibility. Organization isn’t interested in bottoming out and tanking.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 30, 2018
Just before the start of the season, Griffin signed a five-year, $173 million contract with the Clippers. This was after opting out of his previous contract, a move he made in order to earn $9 million more with a maximum contract.
Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists over 33 games this season. However, the Clippers have not experienced much success. They hold a 25-24 record, only good for ninth place in the Western Conference.
The first overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft has played his entire career with the Clippers. About an hour after the trade news surfaced, he tweeted this:
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 30, 2018
The Pistons are hoping that Griffin can help turn their season around. They currently sit at ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-26.
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