Bye, Blake: Clippers trade Blake Griffin to Pistons in exchange for 3 players, draft picks
The Blake Griffin era in Los Angeles has come to an end.
The Clippers traded their All-Star forward to the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
LA acquired forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley, center Boban Marjanovic, a 2018 protected first-round selection, and a 2019 second-round pick from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Griffin, forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed.
“Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy within the community of Los Angeles will be permanent. It was a pleasure getting to know and cheer for Blake. I wish him, as well as Brice and Willie, the best of luck. While change is hard, my confidence in our front office, led by Lawrence Frank and Michael Winger, along with the sage counsel of Jerry West, has never been higher. I believe today, more than ever, in our ultimate goal of winning an NBA Championship,” said Steve Ballmer, Chairman of the L.A. Clippers, in a statement on Monday night.
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 30, 2018
“Blake is one of the best players ever to wear a Clippers jersey. We want to express our gratitude and respect for everything he has done for this team and the City of Los Angeles. This was a very difficult decision, but we ultimately felt it was appropriate for the franchise,” said Lawrence Frank, President of Basketball Operations. “We would also like to thank Brice and Willie for their contributions to our organization.”
Griffin, a former first-round pick out of Oklahoma in 2009, has career marks of 21.6 points , 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in his eighth seasons in Los Angeles.
Griffin was also a five-time NBA All-Star and five time All-NBA selection.
Harris (6-foot-9, 235 pounds) averaged 18.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Pistons.
Bradley (6-2, 180) put up 15.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.15 steals.
Marjanovic (7-3, 290) has appeared in 19 games (one start) for Detroit this in 2017-18, averaging 6.2 points and 3.0 rebounds.
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