Blake Griffin is heading East.
The NBA was rocked tonight by the news that the Los Angeles Clippers were shipping superstar Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. LA had just inked Griffin to a lucrative five-year contract in the summer.
Now, he’s out of town. The deal itself was a blockbuster, with six players and two draft picks reportedly involved.
The final reported deal was this: Griffin, Brice Johnson and Willie Reed going to Detroit in exchange for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round pick and a second-round pick.
Griffin is the top player in the trade. He is averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 assists per contest in 33 games this season.
Johnson has appeared in only nine games this season, but Reed has been a useful backup center. In 39 games (five starts), he is averaging 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.7 minutes per appearance.
Harris (18.1 ppg) and Bradley (15.0 ppg) are Detroit’s two leading scorers. Marjanovic doesn’t play a ton (19 games, one start), but he is averaging 6.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in only 9.0 minutes per game.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has the details on the protections for the 2018 first-round pick included in the deal, as well as more info on the second-round pick.
Sources: Protections on Detroit's 2018 first-round pick headed to Clippers — 2018: 1-4; 2019: 1-4; 2020: 1-4; 2021: unprotected. Detroit will send a 2019 second-round pick in the trade too.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 29, 2018
Now that the details are out there, which team do you think won the trade?
Of course, declaring any team a winner right now is a snap judgment. It will take a little while to see who got the best of the deal.