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Blake Griffin traded to Pistons in blockbuster deal

Blake Griffin traded to Pistons in blockbuster deal

That's a lot of money coming off the books but there is a lot coming on in the form of Griffin, who just signed a five year max contract last July.

The L.A. Clippers want everyone to believe that they don't plan on rebuilding from scratch after trading Blake Griffin, their best player and franchise cornerstone.

After spending his entire career playing alongside athletic big man DeAndre Jordan, Griffin will now play alongside center Andre Drummond.

In the end, the Clippers will be better for having traded Blake Griffin. "I was a little bit in shock when I saw it, but I know the business". Griffin isn't alone, however, as Brice Johnson and Willie Reed will join him in Detroit.

Though this is intriguing news for Pistons fans, Griffin (as well as the other players traded) will not be available for Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News.

This season, he is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games for the 25-24 Clippers, who are in ninth place in the Western Conference, 14 1/2 games behind the Golden State Warriors. Detroit acquired Bradley in a trade with Boston last offseason, but he's in the final season of his contract.

But for Tuesday night's TNT-televised affair, the Pistons won't have Griffin in uniform and it's still up in the air when exactly he will make his Detroit debut.

In the deal, the Clippers receive, and a first- and second-round draft pick.

Johnson was selected in the first round (25th overall) in the 2016 NBA Draft, but has played in just 12 games to this point in his career. Harris had an outside case to be made as an All-Star, and while Bradley's 2017-18 season hasn't been good, he still could offer plenty to a team as a two-way shooting guard with his 3-point shooting and ball-hawk defense.

As a rookie, he was an All-Star, won the slam dunk contest and was named NBA Rookie of the Year.

The first pick of the 2009 draft has averaged 21.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in an National Basketball Association career riddled with injuries.

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