Los Angeles proposed a different blockbuster trade first.
Blake Griffin is officially a member of the Pistons. The NBA star was introduced in Detroit today.
Los Angeles sent its former No. 1 overall pick to the Eastern Conference in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjonavic and some draft picks. It's the biggest trade of the NBA's season (so far, anyway).
Griffin, who had been with the Clippers for nine seasons, says he's excited to be in Detroit. The star big man is ready to make a run at the playoffs with Andre Drummond and Co.
"I'm incredibly excited," Griffin said. "I love this fan base already. The energy within the past 24 hours has been crazy."
While Los Angeles got a good return in exchange for Griffin, the Clippers reportedly attempted a couple of other big offers. The biggest: sending Griffin to the Thunder.
ESPN NBA reporter Royce Young says that Los Angeles offered Griffin to Oklahoma in exchange for All-Star Paul George. He had the conversation with ESPN's Brian Windhorst:
"They offered him around to everybody," Young said.
"I don't know if that's true," Windhorst replied.
"I mean I know they made calls to Oklahoma City for Paul George," Young said. "I'm pretty sure they made calls to Minnesota for players, so I mean, like, they tried to get some bigger name players. It just wasn't happening."
It probably was a little tempting for Oklahoma City, considering Griffin is locked up for four-plus years, while George is a free agent after this season. PG13 is the better player, but the franchise would have been more secure long-term with Griffin. Many in NBA circles expect George to re-sign with OKC this summer, though, despite rumors of him going home to Los Angeles.