Six-time All-Star forward Blake Griffin has agreed to a contract buyout with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 5, 2021
Griffin has attracted interest from most of the league’s top playoff contenders, per ESPN. He’ll talk with the perspective teams before making a decision, per the report.
Griffin awaited trade, release since February
He had $36.6 million remaining on his contract this season and $39 million in 2021-22 before the buyout agreement, making it it a difficult trade for the Pistons to make. Griffin, 31, has been out of the Pistons lineup since Feb. 15 while the team worked on a trade or the eventual buyout. The trade deadline is March 25.
Griffin thanked the Pistons for “understanding what I want to accomplish in my career.” The star wants to play for a title and was traded to Detroit in 2017 after seven full seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. He had signed a five-year, $171 million deal with the team the offseason prior to his trade. Detroit is currently looking to rebuild and develop younger talent under first-year manager Troy Weaver.
Griffin has returned from numerous surgeries and developed other parts of his game, but still fights his body. He hasn’t had a dunk since December 2019 before he underwent left knee surgery.
Prior to the benching, Griffin was averaging 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists for the Pistons. Over his career he’s averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 percent. He’s a career 49.5 percent shooter.
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