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Blake Griffin returns to the Nets with 1-year deal

Brooklyn Nets, Blake Griffin

The Brooklyn Nets struck gold at the buyout market last season as they snagged Blake Griffin after he was waived by the Detroit Pistons.

After sort of resurrecting his career with the Nets, Griffin is returning for at least a year to run it back with Kevin Durant and company, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The six-time All-Star averaged 11.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists last season. He played a key role for the Nets as he became their energy guy. Griffin also posted a respectable 38.0 percent from behind the arc, which is a pretty good number for a big man in the NBA.

Even Nets general manager Sean Marks stated that he wanted Griffin back (via Forbes).

“I think we all saw the intangibles that (Griffin) brought to us last year, some on the court, some behind the scenes. And what he did in the locker room, the veteran presence that he had, so he was absolutely terrific, he found a niche with the team.”

Seeing the full potential of the team when the Nets’ Big Three are all healthy must have had Griffin excited and tempted to return despite other possible more lucrative offers from other squads. The Nets fell short in the NBA Playoffs but a team with Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving will always be enticing for veterans seeking their first title.

Time is not on the side of Blake Griffin and he’s hoping to finally nail his first NBA ring. Can he finally achieve the feat next season?