NBA Trade: Detroit Pistons weighing in options for Blake Griffin, will he be traded?

NBA Trade: Blake Griffin could be on the move from the Detroit Pistons ahead of this season’s trade deadline. While it is not sure which team he would be traded to, the Pistons are weighing in their options to trade the forward.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Griffin and the Detroit Pistons have agreed that he will be out of the lineup until “the franchise and his representatives work through a resolution on his playing future.”

In a statement issued to ESPN, Griffin said, “I am grateful to the Pistons for understanding what I want to accomplish in my career and for working together on the best path forward.

The Pistons acquired Griffin from the LA Clippers in the 2017-18 season. He had one of the best seasons of his career in 2018-19, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists en route to his sixth All-Star selection and fifth All-NBA selection, but a knee injury that required surgery limited him to 18 games in 2019-20.

Griffin has appeared in 20 games with the rebuilding Pistons this season. In 31.3 minutes, he’s averaging 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists on 36.5 percent shooting from the field.

Griffin is on the books for $36.6 million this season. He has a player option in his contract for $39.0 million in 2021-22.

Wojnarowski added that the Pistons continue to pursue trade scenarios for Griffin and talks on a contract buyout “could eventually come into focus.

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