Blake Griffin intends to sign with Nets after he cleared waivers this weekend. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Griffin is expected to join Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden in Brooklyn.
Interested teams have expected Griffin to pursue a championship in Brooklyn alongside Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. https://t.co/5uMTu0Nfgv— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 7, 2021
The Portland Trail Blazers were initially reported as one of four teams vying for Griffin’s services, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
According to Charania, Griffin’s buyout with the Pistons involved the 31 year old handing back $13.3 million of the remaining $75 million still owed for this season and the next.
Sources: Blake Griffin gave back $13.3 million in his buyout with the Pistons. He had $75M on his deal for this season and 2021-22. The six-time All-Star will clear waivers on Sunday and the Brooklyn Nets are the leaders to sign him.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 5, 2021
In Brooklyn, Griffin will re-unite with long-time Los Angeles Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan. Griffin has recorded career averages of 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4 assists across 12 seasons (he sat out the first through injury) with the Clippers and Pistons.
Unfortunately, the six-time All-Star and dunk champion has been plagued by injury recently, averaging just 12.3 points, 5,2 rebounds and 3.9 assist this season.
Griffin has also earned three All-NBA Second Team nods and two All-NBA Third Team selections.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Griffin has agreed to a deal with the Nets.