Blake Griffin’s time in Los Angeles is over.
The No. 1 overall pick of the Clippers in 2009, Griffin had a remarkable run in LA. While injuries robbed him of his entire rookie year and significant time in recent seasons, his impact on the court was impressive.
In 7-plus seasons with the Clips, Griffin averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He was selected for five All-Star games.
Yesterday, Griffin was sent to the Detroit Pistons in a blockbuster deal. The move sent shock waves through the NBA.
Griffin’s immediate reaction to being dealt was funny in the moment, but he was more reflective this morning.
The 28-year-old star tweeted a heartfelt message to the city of Los Angeles, the Clippers organization and Clippers fans. You can read it below.
Needed a night to digest and reflect on what happened….From being a #1 pick, to Lob City, to six straight Playoff appearances, I am so proud to have been part of the success of the Clippers organization. LA has been my home since I started in the league and I will be forever grateful to the city for embracing me and supporting me. To the fans, you have been awesome every step of the way. Thank you for your years of support. Now I’m ready for the next chapter, getting to work and helping the Pistons make a run in the Eastern Conference.
Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic are the players the Clippers received in return for Griffin. They are nice pieces for sure, and the organization also got back two draft picks, including a first-rounder.
It will be tough to replicate all that Griffin meant to the city and franchise, however.
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) January 30, 2018
Griffin’s first game with his new team will be on national television tonight at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
The opponent? LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.