The Los Angeles Clippers sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons for three players and a pair of draft picks on Monday. In return for Griffin, the Clippers acquired guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, backup center Boban Marjanovic, a 2018 first-round pick and a 2019 second-rounder. The deal also sent reserve center Willie Reed and seldom-used forward Brice Johnson to the Pistons.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said;
“Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy within the community of Los Angeles will be permanent. It was a pleasure getting to know and cheer for Blake. I wish him, as well as Brice and Willie, the best of luck. While change is hard, my confidence in our front office, led by Lawrence Frank and Michael Winger, along with the sage counsel of Jerry West, has never been higher. I believe today, more than ever, in our ultimate goal of winning an NBA Championship.”
And the Clippers may not be done making deals before the Feb. 8 deadline. Center DeAndre Jordan and high-scoring sixth man Lou Williams could be traded if the Clippers can get the draft picks and young players that it desires, according to NBA executives.
Jordan will make $ 22,6 million next season but the Clippers have been trying to persuade him to use next year’s player option for $ 24,1 million and then sign an extension, but Jordan has refused so far. With the exit of Griffin and last summer’s trade of Chris Paul, It’s the end of an era, which has been the most successful in Clippers history,
The Clippers also gained about $1.6 million in payroll space by sending out about $32.2 million in the salaries of Griffin, Reed, and Johnson while taking in about $30.6 million in the contracts of Bradley, Harris, and Marjanovic.