Posted 2 years ago
Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons agreed to a contract buyout, making the six-time All-Star an unrestricted free agent. He had $36.6 million remaining on his contract this season and $39 million in 2021-22 before the buyout agreement, making it it a difficult trade for the Pistons to make. Griffin, 31, has been out of the Pistons lineup since Feb. 15 while the team worked on a trade or the eventual buyout.
"Blake has been a great representative for our franchise and for the city of Detroit," owner Tom Gores said in a statement Friday. "His work ethic and his approach to the game contributed a lot to our culture. He has been a consummate pro and we wish him continued success.
"I'm grateful for everything he did for our team and for our community."
"I thank the Pistons organization for working together on an outcome that benefits all involved and I wish the franchise success in the future,'' Griffin said in a statement released by the team.
Detroit's, first-year general manager, Troy Weaver, has begun a full rebuild for the Pistons thus the development of the franchise's younger players has taken precedence. Griffin has also, possibly lost a step from his high flying all-star days. He was averaging 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists for Detroit this season.
Various playoff contenders have expressed interest in signing the new free agent - however, it appears Griffin has already decided which team he’s going to sign with as a free agent: the Brooklyn Nets.
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