RUMOR: Pistons unlikely to move Blake Griffin this offseason

Blake Griffin has seen his name mentioned in trade rumors all season long. While the rumors have been there, the Detroit Pistons have not made a move. In fact, it doesn’t appear that the franchise will be making a move this offseason.

At this point in time, it seems “unlikely” that the Pistons will move Griffin this offseason. That comes directly from James Edwards III of The Athletic.

It’s unlikely the Pistons could trade Griffin right now, due to his health and contract. If they could, though, they’d probably have to give up either a first-round pick(s) and/or young players like Kennard and Sekou Doumbouya. 

So, it’s not necessarily that the Pistons don’t want to move Griffin, but more the fact that the market value isn’t there. That’s not surprising considering the injury issues that Griffin went through this season and how big his contract is right now.

During the 2019-20 season with the Pistons, Griffin was only able to play in 18 games. He averaged 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. Back in 2018-19, however, Griffin played in 75 games for Detroit and averaged 24.5 points per game to go along with 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

Griffin is still a legitimate superstar in the NBA when he’s healthy. Quite a few teams could use a player like him at the power forward position.

But, it would be best for the Pistons to wait for a move until his value is bigger. There is no reason to trade assets simply to move Griffin. Detroit is nowhere near that kind of position.

It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Blake Griffin with the Pistons. He is likely going to begin the 2020-21 season in Detroit, but the rumors will likely start to swirl again around trade deadline time.

Expect to hear more rumors this offseason, but at this point in time a move involving Griffin seems very unlikely.

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