Odds for Blake Griffin’s next team after Pistons buyout, revealed
The betting odds for Blake Griffin’s next team have been released, per BetOnline.ag.
Griffin, who on Friday agreed to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, is a -500 favorite to land with the Brooklyn Nets. This is only sensible, given Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic reported the likelihood of Griffin joining the Nets.
The Los Angeles Lakers have the second-best betting odds, coming in at +200. Los Angeles is followed by the Golden State Warriors (+400) and Portland Trail Blazers (+600). Following them are the Miami Heat (+800), Milwaukee Bucks (+1000) and Los Angeles Clippers (+1200).
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was among those to report the Dubs and Trail Blazers had interest in signing Griffin, as well as the Miami Heat. Marc Stein of The New York Times reported the Lakers and Clippers were among the other suitors.
Among teams that are expected to be considered for Griffin's next stop, sources tell ESPN: Brooklyn, Golden State, Miami and Portland
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 5, 2021
The Lakers, Clippers, Nets, Heat and Warriors are among the teams that have expressed interest in Blake Griffin when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 5, 2021
The Blazers might not be the current favorite, but they might be one of the more intriguing destinations for Blake Griffin.
Portland has been without Zach Collins for the entirety of the season. Jusuf Nurkic is expected back sometime after the All-Star break, though his exact timeline is somewhat unclear. CJ McCollum has also yet to return to the floor.
The Blazers could use another playmaker and shot creator to take some of the pressure off Damian Lillard. Carmelo Anthony has stepped up his efforts in the last three games, but teams are starting to send hard doubles at Lillard and force him to give up the ball. Griffin — when he’s right — is a capable ball handler and can shoot it a bit from deep, not to mention dive to the rim and score at the cup.
Granted, Portland is chasing a bunch of teams in the Western Conference. Perhaps the craziness out West is one of the reasons Blake Griffin is looking to the Nets in the East.