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Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely As Pistons Look For Trade

Feb 5, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons have agreed that he will sit out indefinitely. His representatives will work with the franchise to figure out a future that benefits the former all-star and the team alike.

Troy Weaver, general manager of the Detroit Pistons, states:

“After extensive conversation with Blake’s representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties.” Troy also told ESPN, “We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.

According to the same report, the team is looking at options for a potential buyout or trade to another contending team.

Moreover, Blake Griffin seems content and released this statement following the decision to sit out, “I am grateful to the Pistons for understanding what I want to accomplish in my career and for working together on the best path forward.”

Blake Griffin is a former 6-time all-star forward who was having his worst season as a professional this season. He peaked with the ‘Lob City’ Los Angles Clippers. However, injuries have kept him out of the lineup for the past few seasons.

Griffin is averaging a career-low 12.3 ppg this season.

Moving on from Griffin

Feb 5, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) against the Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the team is looking towards rebuilding with the likes of upcoming forward Saddiq Bey and Killian Hayes. Last week, Detroit traded an aging Derrick Rose to the Knicks for another young piece in Dennis Smith Jr.

The Detroit Pistons are 8-19 on the season, sitting at the 14th seed in the Eastern Conference. Jerami Grant is in the midst of a breakout season and is currently leading the team.

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