Report: Pistons in serious talks for Clippers forward Blake Griffin
The Detroit Pistons have engaged in talks with the L.A. Clippers for power forward Blake Griffin, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the deal would include shooting guard Avery Bradley, leading scorer Tobias Harris, backup center Boban Marjanovic, and a first-round pick for Griffin.
Both Clippers and Pistons are hard-capped this season, according to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks. The Pistons are under by $9.2 million while Los Angeles is by $6.1 million — with both hovering right around the luxury tax.
Detroit recently dangled their three-and-D specialist Bradley on the trade market after a disappointing first half of the season, regressing from his sniper-like recent season with the Boston Celtics into a low 40s shooter.
Bradley has also struggled with a groin injury that saw him miss seven straight games earlier this season, including the most-recent tilt against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
Talks could include both of these players, as the Motor City is looking to shed his existing salary and avoid paying the $20-million annual salary he’ll likely cost by the time he becomes a free agent this summer.
Griffin has been slowed by injuries and had one of his least efficient seasons to date, shooting a career-low 44.1 percent from the floor, as he’s prominently extended his range the the 3-point line, shooting 5.7 treys per game at a measly 34.2 percent.
Both players have struggled this season, and could be in dire need of a fresh start.
Bradley was acquired from the Boston Celtics this offseason in a one-for-one trade in exchange for power forward Marcus Morris. Griffin played the first 19 games of the season before catching the injury bug once again and missing the next month with an MCL injury.
The Pistons have lost their last eight games and fallen out of the playoff window, likely needing drastic moves to turn it around, as they’ve come out on the losing end of 12 of their last 15 outings.