Blake Griffin traded to Detroit Pistons

Blake Griffin traded to Detroit Pistons

From Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Dennis Rodman as the Bad Boys Pistons in the late 1980s to the 2004 Wallace duo under the basket The Pistons have a long history of being the enforcers on the court. They just traded for a player who had to sit out half of a season for breaking his fist on a trainer’s face.

That being the case, Blake Griffin is not the player these famous teams would probably consider their heir in Detroit. A career plagued by a lot of nagging injuries turned Griffin from the ultimate dunker to a skills player, developing his face-up game and 3-pt shot in the last few years.

The trade included Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, and Brice Johnson for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marijanović, a protected 1st round pick 1-4 in 2018, 2019, and 2020 which becomes unprotected in 2021 and a 2019 second-rounder.

The most important fact is that Blake signed a monster five year $171 million dollar contract that will pay him almost $39 million in the 2021-22 season at age 31. The Pistons got their guy now, who when healthy, should guarantee a playoff spot in the east. When healthy. If surrounded by proper talent.

It would appear that coach/GMs are prone to make win-now moves and hedge the future.