Nick Wright reveals why Detroit Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy traded to get Blake Griffin

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Joined by Chris Broussard, Nick Wright reveals to Cris Carter and Jenna Wolfe why Stan Van Gundy traded to get Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.

CRIS CARTER: They've made some mistakes.

NICK WRIGHT: They've made some mistakes, and that is the other part of this. Stan Van Gundy. My guy. I love what he stands for. I think he's a good coach. There is also some-- you've got to look at, you know, cui bono. Who benefits here? Stan Van Gundy.


NICK WRIGHT: Five years, $35 million, the contract he's signed to not only be the head coach of that team, but to be the general manager of that team.

CRIS CARTER: That's important.

NICK WRIGHT: And they made the playoffs in year two. Right? Year three, last year, they took a step back. They are mired in an eight game losing streak. If they don't make the playoffs this year and didn't make this move, he doesn't see year five. I think he's fired in the off season. And so what you sometimes see with somewhat desperate front office guys is, listen, I know long term this might not work out. But if it doesn't work out, I won't be here to deal with it anyway. And you can justify it by saying, listen right now, how many players in the league are giving you at least 22.7 rebounds, five assists a night? It's LeBron, Russ, KD, Boogie, and Blake. It's-- so-- when he's on the court, he's still highly productive.


NICK WRIGHT: The downside is he's making $35 million a year for the next five seasons. And he has a terrible injury history. That's the concern. They didn't give up too much, but if he's hurt, it's the contract that will be the albatross around their neck.