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Blake Griffin to Nuggets trade ‘not happening’

Nuggets, Blake Griffin, Nikola Jokic

A Denver Nuggets shake-up loomed Friday with news coming through that Detroit Pistons superstar Blake Griffin was well on his way to the Nuggets. As it turns out, that potential deal is already as dead as a doornail at this point.

This report comes via Mike Singer of USA TODAY:

Singer is a reliable source, and his report here points to the fact that Griffin to the Nuggets is nothing more than a pipe dream.

It was earlier reported that Denver had agreed to a deal for Griffin as part of a sign-and-trade deal for both Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee. Apparently, a deal was never struck in the first place, which means that the Nuggets lose Grant and Plumlee for nothing.

Griffin would have formed a tremendous frontcourt pairing with Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, and one that could have terrorized the league for the upcoming season. Assuming Blake stays healthy, of course.

Last term, Griffin averaged just 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists, while also connecting on 1.5 triples per game. It was an injury-plagued campaign for the 31-year-old, who was able to take the court for just 18 games for the Pistons throughout the season.

The extended break appears to have benefited the six-time All-Star, and he seems primed for a bounce back campaign this coming season.

Unfortunately for Nuggets fans, Griffin won’t be plying his trade in Denver next term. It could have been an awesome pick-up for them, but apparently, this was nothing more than an unsubstantiated rumor.