Griffin Signs with Nets: Following a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, former All-Star forward Blake Griffin has signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Griffin will now be under contract with the Nets for the remainder of the season. Griffin, a former six-time All-Star is yet another big-name player being added onto a revamped Brooklyn roster.
Griffin may not be the player he once was with the Los Angeles Clippers, but we cannot forget just two years ago Griffin was an All-Star on the Pistons averaging 24.5 points per game, with 7.5 rebounds per game and 5.4 assists per game.
The Nets are the current favorite to win the Eastern Conference and the addition of Griffin makes their team even deeper.
Nets Roster Outlook
Griffin joins Brooklyn with a very different role than he has been used to throughout his career. The Nets backcourt is extremely talented and he will not be the first, second, or even third option on this team.
Griffin is a very talented role player on the Nets and he should see some favorable matchups playing alongside three All-Stars. When looking at this roster with the addition of Griffin just a few years ago you might think this is an All-Star team as it is filled with big-name superstars.
“I’m sure he wants to win,” Nets guard James Harden said. “If he passed up on money to stay in Detroit, he wants to win and he wants to have an opportunity to play meaningful minutes, and I’m assuming one of the reasons why he came.”
Lob City Take Two
At 31, Griffin still can pull off highlight-reel dunks and alley-oops like he has been known to do. By signing with Brooklyn Griffin teams up with former Clippers teammate and Lob City partner Deandre Jordan.
Now both Griffin and Jordan are much older players than when they were soaring through the air catching lobs from Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford they will complement James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant well.
Another key thing to note about this signing as Griffin has good chemistry with Deandre Jordan as they have been teammates for multiple seasons before.
After the trade of Jarrett Allen the Nets have become a more undersized team and at 6’9” Griffin adds size, strength, and an above-average jump shot to an already dangerous team.
Motor City Goodbye
Following his trade from Los Angeles to Detroit Griffin came in and sort of resurrected his career after the Clippers disassembled their roster. Griffin put together some good seasons in Detroit and was even named an All-Star.
Griffin has had a difficult time staying on the court these past few seasons. In the 2019-2020 season Griffin played in just 18 games before undergoing surgery on his left knee. This year Griffin has played in only 20 games and is averaging a career-low of 12.3 points per game.
“As we stated from the beginning of our discussions with Blake and his representatives, our goal has been to facilitate a resolution for the future that maximizes the interests of both Blake and our team,” said Troy Weaver, General Manager of the Detroit Pistons.
“We appreciate all of Blake’s efforts on and off the court in Detroit, have great respect for him as a player and a person and we wish him all the best in the future.”
Detroit currently ranks as the second-worst team in the league this season slightly ahead of the Timberwolves with a 10-26 record on the year. Griffin goes from the worst team in the Eastern Conference to Brooklyn who at 24-13 sits a half-game behind the 76ers for first place in the East.