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‘Rival teams’ expect Blake Griffin to pick Nets after buyout

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Might the Brooklyn Nets be on the brink of adding another All-Star to the roster?

Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic reported the Nets are seen as the “leaders” to sign Blake Griffin after the six-time All-Star agreed to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

The 31-year-old’s season got off to a poor start in Detroit.

Griffin was averaging 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists through his first 20 games, shooting just 36.5 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from beyond the arc. But Griffin could find himself in an ideal situation in Brooklyn.

The Nets are the best offensive team in basketball. Kyrie Irving and James Harden love to get out and run, and Griffin himself can handle the rock and make plays in transition. The thought of Irving or Harden running pick-and-roll with Griffin is also fairly salivating given Griffin’s ability to roll hard to the rim and get up for lobs.

Brooklyn could also use the frontcourt depth. The Nets deploy Jeff Green as something of a stretch-4, and Nicolas Claxton has played some excellent ball as of late. But Griffin has a higher upside when he has it going well.

Griffin averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists for the Pistons during his All-Star 2018-19 campaign. He showed a greater comfort shooting from beyond the arc and took on a greater share of the ball-handling duties.

Both Irving and Harden have fed off each other whether on or off the ball. Kevin Durant is excellent off the ball. Adding Griffin would give Brooklyn another guy who can take some of the playmaking onus off the stars.

There are a number of other contenders interested in Griffin. But many of those contenders expect he will sign with the Nets.