It has been a pretty steep decline for six-time Detroit Pistons All-Star forward Blake Griffin. Dealing with numerous recent injuries, one of the NBA’s most-skilled big men looks like a shell of his former self.
Griffin, 31, is averaging what would be a career-low 12.3 points to go with 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists on a mere 37% from the field this season. It could soon lead to a divorce between Griffin and the Pistons, too.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Griffin will be benched from the Pistons’ lineup as the team sifts through potential trade and buyout options.
“The Pistons will continue to pursue trade scenarios involving Griffin, and talks on a contract buyout with his agent, Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports, could eventually come into focus,” the NBA insider reported.
Given Griffin’s bloated contract, a trade seems highly unlikely. He’s set to earn $38.96 million in 2021-22, the final year of his contract.
In reality, Detroit would have to take on contracts and add draft pick enticement in order to move Griffin. Very few teams would be willing to do that. Instead, a buyout seems to be the likelier scenario. Either way, here’s a look at the four-best fits for Blake Griffin, via either a trade or a buyout.
Blake Griffin traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder