Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Pistons land Blake Griffin from Clippers in pre-deadline blockbuster

Pistons land Blake Griffin from Clippers in pre-deadline blockbuster

On July 1, Griffin reached an agreement on a five-year, $171 million deal with the Clippers. The Clippers had high hopes Griffin could anchor the franchise moving forward.

Of the players going to the Clippers, Bradley is considered a good defender at guard. "I was a little bit in shock when I saw it, but I know the business".

Los Angeles receives a protected first-round draft choice and a second-round pick from the Pistons. Trading Griffin so quickly after such a grandiose commitment - not to mention sending a star player from major media market in Los Angeles to a struggling Detroit team in January - may alter the perception of the Clippers around the league.

If Dallas was set on obtaining a first round pick in the deal, the Pistons couldn't trade their 2019 first rounder, but could trade their 2020 first if needed.

Blake Griffin was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons on Monday evening in a stunning trade.

James has a player option on his contract with the Cavaliers at this season's end, but most National Basketball Association observers anticipate him leaving Cleveland, and the Clippers will be among his long list of suitors. Pairing Blake Griffin with Andre Drummond is a risky move, but a move that the Pistons were willing to make in order to get better now.

Bradley was acquired in the offseason as a replacement (and upgrade) for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope but is in the final year of his contract. The agreement of first- and second-round draft picks the Pistons are giving to the Clippers do not now have a year attached to them.

Boban Marjanovic posted averages of 6.2 points and 3.0 rebounds for the Pistons this season. However, he missed the 2009-10 season after surgery on his broken left kneecap, the first of several injuries that have marred his career.

As a rookie, he was an All-Star, won the slam dunk contest and was named NBA Rookie of the Year.

The Pistons' recent cold stretch - losing nine straight - seemingly forced the hand of the front office to make a change, with Stan Van Gundy's deal centring on Tobias Harris, who's averaging 18.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.

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