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.