Report: Pistons, Blake Griffin agree to contract buyout

Griffin will become free agent

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DETROIT – Detroit Pistons and forward Blake Griffin have agreed to a contract buyout, according to ESPN.

The terms were not disclosed, but Woj reports, “Detroit finalized a reduction in his remaining salary to gain free agency with Griffin’s agent, Sam Goldfeder of Excel Sports.” Woj notes Brooklyn, Golden State, Miami and Portland as potential landing spots.

Griffin, 31, was the last big name on a Pistons roster that’s been fully rebuilt by Weaver in under a year at the helm. Earlier this season, Derrick Rose was traded to the New York Knicks for Dennis Smith Jr. and a second-round pick.

Griffin hadn’t been his usual superstar self in 2020-21, averaging a career-low 12.3 points per game with 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 36.5% from the field.

When Griffin joined the Pistons midway through 2017-18, it was a controversial move due to his massive salary and injury history. His first full season in Detroit, Griffin averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

He embraced coming to Detroit and has been a leader on and off the court through his tenure, even though it’s not a popular destination for NBA players.

At this point, though, parting ways is probably the best move for both sides. Griffin could help a playoff contender and the Pistons need to focus on the future.

Griffin is still owed the remainder of his $36,595,996 salary for this season. He is scheduled to make $38,957,028 for 2021-22, the final year of his deal.


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