The Pistons made the first major move of 2018 in the NBA when they landed Blake Griffin in a blockbuster deal from the Clippers. Detroit gave up Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, a first and a second round pick for Griffin and his near-max contract in hopes of becoming a playoff team this year and for the foreseeable future. After seemingly years of the Pistons being involved in major trade rumors one finally came through and Detroit can try and build around its new star frontcourt. Stan Van Gundy explained the motive behind aggressively pursuing Griffin as opportunities to get a superstar are few and far between, especially for a team like Detroit. However, Griffin was one of many players the Pistons put out feelers on before they eventually honed in on the Clippers star as a realistic target. According to Sports Illustrated‘s Jake Fischer, the talks with L.A. about Griffin started two weeks ago, with the last week really seeing them heat up. Prior to them locking in on Griffin, the Pistons had been looking at a variety of wing options, with Fischer noting five players the Pistons inquired as well as an offer from the Magic they turned down.
The Pistons Explored Trades With The Lakers, Spurs And Others Before Locking In On Blake Griffin
Uproxx | Feb 1