Blake Griffin is now officially a Brooklyn Net, but Ralph Lawler knows they will definitely not be getting the same player he knew from the LA Clippers.
The retired former Clippers announcer tweeted on Friday that it was nice to see Griffin and ex-Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan reunited in Brooklyn.
When a commenter responded that he was hoping for Griffin to be able to recover some of his athleticism in Brooklyn, Lawler savagely responded that he was similarly hoping to be able to grow a full head of hair.
The 82-year-old Lawler then made sure to clarify that he was not dissing the six-time All-Star Griffin.
Lawler retired in 2019 after a 41-year tenure as the voice of the Clippers. Thus, he assuredly has a lot of love for Griffin, who helped transform the team from a punchline into one of the most exciting and feared teams in the entire NBA. That said, it does not take a rocket scientist to tell you that Griffin, who has not had a single dunk all season, is now a shell of himself thanks to countless lower body injuries over the years.
But while Lawler’s joke about Griffin came from a friendly place, the same might not be true about Griffin’s relationship with others from the Clippers.
Blake Griffin is now a member of the Brooklyn Nets and set to make his debut for the team on Thursday. Griffin agreed to a contract buyout with the Pistons in order to become a free agent and gave back $13 million. He wanted to join a contender.
But who is most responsible for recruiting him to the Nets? Griffin says that it was Kevin Durant who worked hardest to get him there.
Griffin chose well when he picked the Nets. Brooklyn is second in the East at 24-13 and has really rolled since acquiring James Harden (they’re 17-7 since he joined the team). Harden also received recognition recently for his role on the squad.
Between the additions of Griffin and Harden, the Nets are looking like a serious title contender.
Blake Griffin has cleared waivers after reaching a buyout with the Detroit Pistons. He reportedly is now expected to sign with the Brookly Nets.
Many are wondering how things are working regarding Griffin’s contract now that he’s been bought out. So we will explain that.
Griffin signed a 5-year, $171 million contract with the Clippers in 2017. The team went all-out to re-sign him, only to trade him to Detroit later that season.
Griffin’s career in Detroit did not work out as he was bothered by knee injuries and no longer is the dominant player he used to be.
This season, Detroit is out of the playoff race. Griffin has not played well but is still making $36.8 million. The Pistons aren’t noticeably better off with him, so they decided to waive him after he agreed to a discount.
Griffin gave back $13.3 million to Detroit as part of the buyout agreement.
So instead of paying Griffin the full $36.8 million he was owed this season, they won’t have to pay him around $4.3 million based on the amount he is giving back (via Spotrac). For next season, instead of owing him $38.9 million, the Pistons won’t have to pay Griffin around $8.7 million. This helps them with their salary cap situation.
Griffin will end up making the minimum from the team with whom he signs for the rest of the season.
Detroit was on the hook for $75.7 million owed to Griffin this season and next, no matter what. At least this way, they get a slight amount of savings to eat his contract and let him go sign elsewhere.
Blake Griffin appears to have made up his mind on his next destination after being bought out by the Detroit Pistons.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Griffin has cleared waivers, which is expected to set up a move to the Brooklyn Nets. Interested teams have been left with the impression that Griffin has decided to pursue an NBA title in Brooklyn, where he can join up with Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant.
This comes as little surprise, as the Nets were listed as Griffin’s most likely destination as soon as his buyout was settled.
Griffin is not going to be the contributor he once was, and likely fits exclusively as a rotation piece for Brooklyn. His health has been an issue for several years, limiting him to only 38 regular season games since the start of the 2019-20 season. Still, he’ll provide size and skill in a smaller role, which could be mutually beneficial to both Griffin and the Nets.
Blake Griffin gave back a hefty chunk of money to get his freedom from the Detroit Pistons.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Griffin gave back $13.3 million of the $75 million remaining on his contract as part of his buyout with the Pistons. The buyout was officially announced and finalized on Friday, making Griffin a free agent.
Griffin does, of course, keep a pretty substantial sum. In the end, he will receive just shy of $62 million to cover the rest of his deal with Detroit. That said, it’s increasingly easy to see why the Pistons struggled so much to trade him given the cash tossed around here.
Though Griffin only just became a free agent, we seem to have a decent idea of where he’ll be going.
Blake Griffin is drawing interest from several contending teams now that he has reached a buyout agreement with the Detroit Pistons, but the six-time All-Star may have already made his decision.
The Brooklyn Nets are considered the favorite to sign Griffin, Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic report. While several teams are pursuing Griffin, the belief is that he will wind up in Brooklyn.
There are at least four other teams that have entertained the idea of signing Griffin.
The Nets have hit their stride now that they are at full strength with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. They entered Friday a half-game back of the Philadelphia 76ers for first place in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn has won 10 of its last 11 games.
Griffin is nowhere near as explosive as he used to be, but you can understand why contenders want to sign him. He averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists on a Pistons team that is one of the worst in the NBA. He’d be a great addition to the Nets and further cement their position as the favorite in the East.
Blake Griffin is set to become an unrestricted free agent after reaching a buyout agreement with the Detroit Pistons on Friday. As you might expect, the six-time All-Star is drawing plenty of interest from contending teams.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Griffin has generated interest from most of the NBA’s top playoff contenders. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, those teams include the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
All of those teams are either a lock to make the playoffs or squarely in the hunt. While Griffin has lost a lot of his explosiveness due to injuries, he still averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists on a Pistons team that is one of the worst in the NBA.
The Pistons announced last month that they would be sidelining Griffin while they pursued trade possibilities for him. They then struggled to find a trade partner for the 31-year-old, so a buyout was the most likely outcome all along.
Blake Griffin is waiting for his departure from the Detroit Pistons, but it sounds like the team is really struggling to find takers for the former All-Star.
According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Pistons have struggled to trade Griffin, and executives around the league expect the forward to ultimately be bought out instead.
“I know they’ve been trying to trade him for months and can’t find a taker,” one Western Conference executive told Scotto. “Part of it is Blake also saying there are certain teams he would prefer to go to. This is a weird one. Non zero chance they buy him out, which just seems crazy.”
Two other executives also felt a buyout was the most likely option for Griffin, with his contract proving to be a major stumbling block. The good news for Griffin is that the executives expect him to receive “significant interest” if he does hit the open market.
When the Pistons decided to sideline Griffin as they pursued a trade, they might not have anticipated having such a hard time moving him on. While Griffin remains a big name, his production is far from what it once was. Over the last two seasons, the 31-year-old has averaged a modest 13.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while being hindered by injuries.
The Detroit Pistons are off to an 8-19 start this year and have clearly entered a rebuilding phase, and they are not going to ask Blake Griffin to continue to be a part of it.
Pistons general manager Troy Weaver told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday that Griffin and the team have agreed that the star forward will remain out of the lineup while Detroit pursues trade possibilities. If a trade can’t be worked out, it’s possible the two sides could discuss a buyout agreement.
“After extensive conversation with Blake’s representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties,” Weaver said. “We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.”
Griffin said in a statement to ESPN that he is “grateful” that the Pistons understand what he wants to accomplish in his career and that they are helping him work toward those goals.
Griffin is owed $36.6 million this season and $39 million in 2021-2022, so he won’t be easy to trade. The Pistons want to play some of their younger players, which is why they are reportedly open to buyout talks if they can’t find a trade partner for Griffin.
We know of at least one team that was linked to a potential Griffin trade during the offseason, so they could circle back now that the Pistons have made the six-time All-Star available.
Blake Griffin had a disrespectful reaction to Thomas Bryant amid a skirmish between the men on Thursday.
During the third quarter of the Detroit Pistons’ preseason game against the Washington Wizards, Griffin tossed Bryant to the ground as they battled for positioning. Bryant came off the floor upset and shoved Griffin, who just smiled and laughed back.
That was purely a disrespectful response from Griffin, especially since he’s the one who tossed Bryant.
Griffin did get called for a flagrant-1 foul for the move.
Griffin, 31, is coming off his worst season as a pro. He averaged a career-worst 15.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game last season, when he was limited by knee injuries throughout the year. Detroit is hoping that several months of rest and rehab will have Griffin returned to old form.