Six-time All-Star forward Blake Griffin has agreed to a contract buyout with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 5, 2021
Among teams that are expected to be considered for Griffin's next stop, sources tell ESPN: Brooklyn, Golden State, Miami and Portland— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 5, 2021
The Blazers stand with the Nets, Warriors, and Heat as possible destinations.
The 6’9, 250lb forward holds career averages of 21.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, but his days of gaudy stats are long behind him. Injuries and age have cost the former NBA Slam Dunk champion mobility and lift. The 31-year-old averaged 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game over 20 appearances with the Pistons before the buyout. His shooting percentage of .365 was the lowest of his career save the .352 rate he put up the season prior. That stacks up against a career average of near 50%.
Griffin’’s .315 percentage from three-point range this season doesn’t help matters. He did average 36.2% from the arc on 7.2 attempts per game in 2018-19, his first year with the Pistons and his last All-Star-worthy campaign.
Portland would pick up Griffin on a minimum contract. They have the roster spot and the salary room to do so without exceeding the luxury tax threshold (barely).
A couple weeks ago, our own Steve Dewald outlined the possibility of the Blazers picking up Griffin.
It is clear that Griffin is entering a new, less-mobile era of his NBA career. But his name recognition and former relationship with Olshey should make him an obvious target for the Blazers if he enters the buyout market. For Griffin, the goodwill that the Blazers have built with Carmelo Anthony could serve as a starting point for shared interest.
The big question: Can Portland find gold in Griffin the way they did with Carmelo Anthony? Do you want him? Weigh in below.
Update: Shams Charania of The Athletic says that Brooklyn may have the inside track for Griffin.
The Brooklyn Nets are believed to be leaders to sign six-time All-Star Blake Griffin, sources tell me and @JLEdwardsIII. Rival teams with interest are expecting Griffin to choose Nets as a title favorite for chance to win a championship.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 5, 2021
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