Completely out of the blue, on a Monday night in January the Clippers and old friend Doc Rivers decided to send All-Star Forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. The Terms of the trade, reported by ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) are the Pistons are sending Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round and a second-round draft pick with some protections, For Blake Griffin, Brice Johnson and Willie Reed.
Now while I belive this is kind of the Clippers hitting the reset button, I still think its worth looking at what this trade means for the Clippers in the short-term. Old friend Doc Rivers has point-blank been an awful GM, his entire stint with the Clippers. Blake Griffin signed a Five year, 175 million dollar contract this past summer. If the Clippers had intentions of a rebuild, or maybe even the thought of blowing this thing up mid-season you don’t give him that contract, plain and simple. This was just another example of Doc Rivers being a terrible GM, and making this up as he goes. When Doc Rivers forced his way out town, it was the best thing that could have happened to the Celtics and we all had no idea.
Now, the Pistons hit a home-run with this trade. When healthy and that hasn’t always been the case through his career, Blake is a stud and a double double machine. The pieces the Pistons parted way with in this trade werent apart of their future. Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris are nice players, but nothing more than nice players. The Pistons bought low on a player with all NBA talent, and who is still in his prime. I love this trade for this Pistons in so many ways, he’s under contract, this makes them better now and in the future and they didn’t have to give up to much doing it. The front court of Drummond and Griffin is gonna be nightmares for all the talented guards in the Eastern Conference, every single night.
All that being said, even though this trade is a home run for the Pistons, and it definitely closes the gap between them and the top of the conference. And they now will have everyone’s attention to see how this plays out. I still belive they are a tear below the top three in the conference. On the rise but still a player, or maybe even two away.
Written By: Danny Dipietrantonio (Donato05)