Pistons star Blake Griffin to donate $100,000 to staff at Little Caesars Arena
Detroit Pistons All-Star power forward Blake Griffin is planning to donate $100,000 to help the workers at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, per Rod Beard of The Detroit News.
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo did the same thing for their respective team workers.
The NBA suspended the season on Wednesday after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. Jazz All-Star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell tested positive as well.
This is a great gesture by Griffin, whose 2019-20 NBA season was a disaster from start to finish. The former Los Angeles Clippers star missed the first 10 games of the season after undergoing left knee surgery in the offseason.
When he returned to the Pistons’ lineup, Griffin was a shell of himself. He averaged just 15.5 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting a woeful 35.2 percent from the field and 24.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Griffin underwent another left knee surgery in January and has been out ever since. The Pistons’ season was essentially ended back then.
Griffin has arguably one of the worst contracts in the NBA now considering he didn’t play well this season and his future is cloudy due to his injury issues. The former high-flyer and No. 1 overall pick is making $34.2 million this season and owed $36.6 million in 2020-21. He has a player option worth nearly $39 million in 2021-22.
The Pistons, who traded center Andre Drummond to the Cavs and bought out point guard Reggie Jackson, want to be competitive next season once Griffin comes back. That’s why the team didn’t trade star point guard and former NBA MVP Derrick Rose at the trade deadline despite getting calls from multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers.