It appears that Blake Griffin’s time with the Pistons is over.
ESPN story on Blake Griffin and Pistons agreeing that he will be out of the lineup until the franchise and his reps can work through a resolution on his playing future: https://t.co/EHsnV9sED8
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 15, 2021
There are a few immediate red flags, the first being that Griffin has two years and $75.5 million left on his contract. The second is his injury troubles. This team is already ravaged by injuries and needs someone a bit more dependable.
With reports that John Collins is unhappy, Griffin could be a band-aid for the rest of the year to help keep the Hawks competitive. Even if a trade can’t be worked out, I think Griffin could easily be bought out and signed by a contender or even the Hawks. He isn’t the player he once was, but I think he could thrive in a limited role playing with Trae Young and Clint Capela. The salary and team fit are a bit weird, but Griffin could be an effective and low cost replacement if Atlanta moves on from John Collins.
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