It’s official. The Detroit Pistons have executed a pretty sweet deal. The team has just acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers, five-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin, center Willie Reed and to top it off, forward Brice Johnson.
Going the other way is Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris and center Boban Marjanovic. The trade also involves first and second round draft choices in the future.
It’s certainly one of the biggest trades of the season and early Tuesday morning the announcement was made by the Detroit Pistons that confirmed the trade was done and dusted.
Pistons owner Tom Gores said: “We are serious about winning, and this is a major move to improve our team,” adding: “Blake Griffin is one of the NBA’s elite players, and when you get an opportunity to add that kind of talent, you take it. The move is not without risk. We gave up a lot to get him, including Tobias Harris – one of the hardest working, highest-character players I know – and two high quality young men in Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic. But we are very excited to bring Blake Griffin to Detroit. He is a great fit for our team and will bring a combination of toughness and athleticism that will elevate our team and excite our fans.”
Detroit’s President and Head Coach Stan Van Gundy said of the trade: “We’re pleased to welcome Blake Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson to the Detroit Pistons,” adding: “Blake has been an All-NBA performer, he’s a five-time all-star and a player that commands attention whenever he’s on the floor. His presence will help us offensively and his size gives us another rebounder and weapon in the paint. Willie Reed and Brice Johnson are two young players that give us size and depth. On the flip side, I thank Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic for their efforts and wish them the best moving forward.”
As of now the Pistons have a rather serious looking lineup. As for the starting lineup of the future, we expect it to look something like this: Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson, Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond.
Foe the Clippers, Griffin was averaging around 22 points and 8 rebounds per game during this season. His move to Detroit comes only a year after he resigned with the LA Clippers for 5 years and $173 million dollars.