Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

PBT Podcast: Breaking down Blake Griffin to Detroit trade

PBT Podcast: Breaking down Blake Griffin to Detroit trade

It was the blockbuster trade that shocked the National Basketball Association yesterday, as the Clippers traded their 5-time All-Star Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.

Nobody saw this coming (not even the teams involved a week before).

By dealing Griffin, the five-time All-Star averaging 22.6 points this season, the Clippers have set the wheels in motion for a rebuild, after trading their other star, Chris Paul, to the Houston Rockets in the off-season.

But, Rivers made it very clear that winning is still a priority, no matter who suits up for the team. We're not doing that. "I think that's more of us right now".

Griffin gives Jackson another pick-and-roll partner, and Griffin's passing ability should make them slightly less predictable on offense. The question is whether that alone can make up for the depth issue the Pistons now have in the backcourt, as parting ways with Harris and Bradley puts pressure on Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard and Reggie Bullock to step up.

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"Detroit's call. No, really. That's not true", Rivers said, via Jovan Buha of ESPN. And to do something, sometimes you have to take chances. We know where we need to go and what we valued.

"You never know", Frank said.

"Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy within the community of Los Angeles will be permanent", Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a news release announcing the deal. "There will be a lot of activity, so we'll see how it plays out".

But if the Clippers continue to compete in the near-term, it will be in spite of this trade.

Adding Griffin gives Detroit's frontcourt another standout player alongside Andre Drummond, but it also represents a clear change in course from the roster the Pistons had assembled.

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