Pistons deny discussing trade for Blake Griffin
According to Rod Beard of The Detroit News, there reportedly have been no discussions around the organization about trading their All-Star forward.
From everyone I've talked to in the #Pistons organization, including team owner Tom Gores, there is no discussion of trading Blake Griffin.
If Griffin goes, it likely means a complete teardown and reboot, a suggestion they've shot down many times over the years.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) October 18, 2019
Griffin still has three years remaining – including this season – from the five-year $171.2 million max contract he received from the L.A. Clippers in 2017. The big man will make roughly $34.2 million this season and will still have around $75.9 million on his books after this year.
At 30 years old, the All-Star forward may be on the decline moving forward. Thus, it might be in Detroit’s best interests to at least explore the trade market on what they can get for Griffin at this point in his career.
Griffin is coming off arguably the best individual season of his career where he posted a career-best 24.5 PPG to go along with 7.5 RPG and 5.4 APG while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Griffin, 30, has done a magnificent job in revamping his style of play to counter his declining athleticism. The former no. 1 overall pick has totally revamped his game to catch up with the ever evolving NBA game.
Once known as a high-flying machine, Griffin has expanded his offensive arsenal and has become a well-rounded offensive talent who can pretty much score from anywhere on the floor. The former Slam Dunk champion has extended his range and has become a reliable shooter from three-point country.
Definitely, Griffin’s value is at its highest right now, especially coming off somewhat a career year. That value, however, will only go down as time rolls on.
They may be declining all these rumors right now, but the Pistons will eventually have to make a decision at some point in the future.