In a surprise move confirmed last night, five time all-star Blake Griffin has been traded to the Detroit Pistons, along with Brice Johnson and Willie Reed.
In return, the Pistons are sending over Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic, as well as a first-round and a second-round draft pick.
Although tarnished with injuries, Griffin’s nine years at the Clippers are still memorable for his aggressive, effective play style.
Going the other way, Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley are two solid young players. Marjanovic, while a gamble in many ways, could prove to be an effective frontcourt presence. Detroit will receive an all star as they appear to be aspiring to a playoff spot. Like the New Orleans Pelicans and the Denver Nuggets, they now have two fearsome big men to run their play through.
After signing Griffin and Chris Paul to huge new deals in the Summer, both have now been traded away for a mix of young talent and draft picks. This indicates that the L.A Clippers have given up the idea of competing, and are now looking to rebuild.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the initial story, has also tweeted:
Sources: Clippers will continue to pursue packages of young players and picks in talks for DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 29, 2018
As of the next game, here’s how the teams could line up:
LA Clippers: Teodosic, Williams, Bradley, Harris, Jordan
Pistons: Jackson, Kennard, Galloway, Griffin, Drummond.