The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade five-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin, along with Brice Johnson and Willie Reed, to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round draft pick, and a second-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Griffin, 28, is in the first season of a five-year, $171-million contract.
The Clippers and Pistons have agreed on a deal to trade Blake Griffin for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round and a second-round draft pick, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 29, 2018
Clippers are includig Brice Johnson and Willie Reed in the trade, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 29, 2018
Sources: Protections on Detroit's 2018 first-round pick headed to Clippers -- 2018: 1-4; 2019: 1-4; 2020: 1-4; 2021: unprotected. Detroit will send a 2019 second-round pick in the trade too.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 29, 2018
For the Portland Trail Blazers, Griffin landing in the Eastern Conference could legitimately improve their 2018 playoff chances. The Trail Blazers (27-22) are currently ranked No. 6 in the Western Conference, with the Clippers (25-24) just two games behind at No. 9. If the shakeup negatively impacts immediate wins for Los Angeles it may help Portland separate from the pack.
This is also, of course, following the unfortunate season-ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans; the Pelicans (27-22) another playoff rival.
The Trail Blazers face the Clippers in a nationally televised game tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. PST.
UPDATE: Wojnaroswki adds that the Clippers will now re-focus on moving center DeAndre Jordan, who the Trail Blazers reportedly hold interest in.
Sources: Clippers will continue to pursue packages of young players and picks in talks for DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 29, 2018