It is being reported that Blake Griffin will sign with the Brooklyn Nets after clearing waivers in free agency. After being benched, awaiting a decision on his future in Detroit, Griffin will be on the move. Having a lackluster stint with the Pistons, the former Rookie of the Year is moving on to what he hopes are greener pastures. Shams Charania of The Athletic had the report.
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Griffin, of course, spent 2009-2018 with the Los Angeles Clippers. Teamed up alongside DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, the Lob City era is looked at fondly by Clips fans. While they were infamously never able to get over the hump, Griffin’s stint in Detroit had been less than ideal for the athletic big man. He put up good numbers in his first season in Detroit, but the injury bug came back to bite him. The 2019-20 season was delayed for Griffin then cut short by injury and then surgery to repair the injury. Two knee surgeries in two years aren’t ideal, but this move gives him a new life again.
Griffin has Playoff experience and should be able to provide a veteran presence on the court and the locker room. Griffin is known for performing standup comedy in the offseason, perhaps his humor makes him an easy teammate to get along with. Teaming up with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden gives Griffin his most talented roster yet. The best offense in the league just got an offensive big man to add to the lineup. Defense down low should improve slightly as well with Griffin’s solid body inside.
Over his career, Griffin has averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists a game. This season in 20 games with the Pistons he averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. He has six All-Star selections as well as five All-NBA selections.