Blake Griffin showed his commitment to the Los Angeles Clippers by signing a max deal with them during free agency over the summer. And how did they repay him? By trading him to Detroit several months later.
One of the most shocking elements of Monday’s trade that sent Griffin to the Pistons — aside from the lack of rumors preceding it — is that both sides seemed committed to each other. In fact, right after news of the trade came out, many pointed to the free agency pitch the Clippers delivered to Griffin, and how quickly things changed.
A big part of the Clippers’ pitch to convince Griffin to stay with them was that he would be a lifelong Clipper.
They sold him on the idea of him eventually having his jersey retired by the franchise:
They put him on a special T-shirt with other pioneers, like MLK, Abraham Lincoln and President Obama.
And now they’ve traded him a half-season later.
Fans often complain about the lack of loyalty from players when they leave in free agency, but there is another side to that. Teams aren’t always the most loyal, either.
In reality, the Clippers should have rebuilt after losing Chris Paul. This was overdue. And it seems like they will be making more moves, too.
Blake Griffin reacted to his trade to the Detroit Pistons just about the same way everyone else did.
The lifelong Los Angeles Clippers forward shared this funny GIF that shows Will Smith doing a surprised face:
Translation? Yup, I was just as stunned as you were.
And really, who saw this coming? The Clippers entered the day in playoff contention in the West, and they seemed committed to trying to compete. They also sold Griffin as being a franchise player for the team when they got him to re-sign over the summer. And then they trade him? With no rumors about a potential trade coming? Yeah, that had to surprise everyone.
Now we know what Griffin’s reaction to the trade was. See what everyone else’s reaction looked like.
Blake Griffin was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons in a surprising move that few saw coming.
The Clippers entered Monday as a contender for a playoff spot in the West, while the Pistons were a similar contender in the East. The leadership for each team has decided to go a different way.
The trade means that Griffin will be playing for a different team for the first time in his NBA career, with the Clippers losing a franchise player as they begin the rebuilding process.
Folks on Twitter were no doubt shocked about the trade. Here are some of the reactions:
The Los Angeles Clippers are sending Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that the two teams have finalized a trade, with Avery Bradley being one of the players who will be sent to L.A. The Clippers are also getting a first-round pick and a second-round pick.
There was speculation that the Pistons could include Andre Drummond in the deal, but it does not appear the big man is going anywhere.
Griffin signed a five-year max contract with the Clippers this past offseason, and they obviously feel that they need to start rebuilding. They’re 25-24 and currently the No. 9 seed in the West, while the Pistons are 22-26 and in the same spot in the East.
The Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers may be ready to make a big move.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pistons and Clippers are in serious talks regarding center Blake Griffin.
It’s anyone’s guess as to what the Pistons would be giving up. They could either be willing to give up Andre Drummond or seeking to put together some sort of big man pairing akin to what New Orleans did with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.
Of course, it’s hard to see how a deal works without a name like Drummond. The Pistons have made other fairly big names available, but it’s doubtful it would be enough to pry Griffin away from the Clippers in itself.
A lot of players were involved in a confrontation between the Rockets and Clippers that began on the court Monday night and spilled over into the locker room, but it sounds like Trevor Ariza was very much at the center of the embarrassing melee.
Ariza and Blake Griffin were ejected with just over a minute remaining in the game after they got into it. The two players walked down separate tunnels to their respective locker rooms, but Ariza’s blood obviously continued to boil. Reports indicated Ariza was one of several Rockets players who tried to enter the Houston locker room through a back hallway. According to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, Ariza tried to go after Griffin and was restrained by his teammates. He also had an ugly exchange with Austin Rivers.
According to a Rockets source, Ariza was waiting on Griffin, and when the game ended he charged from the hallway into the Clips locker room. When Rivers spotted Ariza near the entrance, according to the source, he said: “Let his b—– a– come in.” Ariza then turned his attention to Rivers.
ESPN reported that Ariza was flanked by three teammates—Harden, Paul and Gerald Green—but their purpose was unclear. “They were holding Trevor back,” the source said. Security was summoned and no punches were thrown…
The NBA is investigating exactly what happened between the two teams, and all of these accounts will likely be taken into consideration. Whatever the case, all the memes and tweets we saw provided a good summary of how much the Rockets and Clippers embarrassed themselves. What should have been the end of a regular season basketball game turned into an episode of “The Jerry Springer Show.”
Mike D’Antoni says that Blake Griffin hit him before the two exchanged curse words at each other, leading to double technicals.
Late in the Los Angeles Clippers’ win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night, Griffin and D’Antoni got into a heated exchange. Following the game, D’Antoni repeated that Griffin hit him, which instigated things.
Here’s video that seems to show Griffin going to make contact with the Rockets head coach:
Griffin previously wanted D’Antoni to get back to the coaching area.
After the game, D’Antoni did not elaborate on what happened, though he did mention twice that Griffin hit him.
When the NBA goes through all the tape of the incidents between the teams, they will probably look at what happened between Griffin and D’Antoni. And don’t be surprised if Griffin is disciplined as a result.
With less than a month to go before the NBA trade deadline, the rumor mill is starting to heat up, particularly for two notable Western Conference teams.
Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reported on Friday that the LA Clippers pitched a blockbuster deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves involving a swap of star bigs Blake Griffin and Karl-Anthony Towns. Scotto does add though that the proposal did not advance past an exploratory call as Minnesota declined.
The five-time All-Star Griffin is in Year One of a five-year, $173 max deal that he signed to return to the Clippers this past summer. As for Towns, he is still on his rookie contract making $6.22 million this season, so any swap would have had to involve more players and salary.
The idea of a swap between the two former No. 1 overall picks is obviously an intriguing one. But while Griffin is the more proven asset, he is nearly seven years older than Towns and is much more injury-prone. As such, it is not too shocking that the Wolves were not interested in trading their young franchise center, so maybe the Clippers should pursue this trade partner instead.
Blake Griffin has said little about longtime lob partner Chris Paul’s departure from the LA Clippers this past summer, but now he is finally sharing some of his thoughts on the matter.
In an interview with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears that ran on Wednesday, the All-Star forward opened up about Paul’s decision to leave for Houston.
“I talked to him the morning before it came out,” said Griffin. “He called me and just kind of told me everything. Like I told him on the phone, I wished him the best and appreciated the years we had together. That situation was handled the right way. You see other guys and other teammates go separate ways with a bad taste in their mouth because it wasn’t handled the right way.
“We shared a lot of moments together,” he added about Paul. “Some good. Some bad. Some just the mundane everyday sitting on the plane, sitting on the bus. When you share that much time with somebody, you have a connection. But now we’re in separate places and both moving forward.”
Griffin and Paul played together on the Clippers for five seasons as the two pillars of an exhilarating but overall disappointing era for the team. Some who shared the locker room with them have spoken negatively about the dynamic they had, but it sounds like it’s all love between the two stars themselves.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin took a nasty blow to the head during Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
Griffin fell victim to an inadvertent elbow from Golden State’s JaVale McGee and appeared to be in major distress as he fell to the court, ultimately leaving the game.
It came as no surprise that Griffin was diagnosed with a concussion and did not return.
Griffin had only just returned after a knee injury. Here’s hoping his concussion doesn’t keep him out for too long.