The Clippers officially began the rebuilding process this week when they traded Blake Griffin to the Pistons.
Griffin was a guy who helped make the Clippers relevant in Los Angeles, and after he signed a five-year $173 million deal this summer, you thought he could end his career with the Clippers.
However, on Monday, Griffin was traded along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson to the Pistons for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, and a first and second-round draft pick.
On Wednesday, Griffin revealed that he found out about the trade via Twitter.
According to Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, Griffin finding out about the trade through Twitter was wrong:
“For somebody that got that type of history with the organization, he’s the one that really started to get the Clippers on a winning path,” McGrady told TMZ Sports. Yeah, that’s very disrespectful.”
McGrady does believe that Griffin’s number 32 should be retired by the Clippers.
In reality, the Clippers started rebuilding the moment Chris Paul decided to go to Houston. No one expected the Clippers to make any noise this season.
With Griffin’s injury history, you can understand why the Clippers made the deal. Regarding the Pistons, you get a guy in Griffin who could help bring some excitement to Detroit. Also, he could help the Pistons make the playoffs.
I think it’s a good deal for both teams!
In a shocker, Blake Griffin was traded to the Pistons on Monday.
Griffin, who signed a five-year, $173 million deal last summer with the Clippers, was traded to the Pistons along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, and a first and second-round draft pick.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Attention NBA agents: Anytime a team pitches your guy with rhetoric about retiring with said team, make them back it up by giving your player a no-trade clause in his contract. https://t.co/BA7vdDqnht
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 29, 2018
When Blake Griffin see Doc Rivers at the Lightskindid barbershop pic.twitter.com/YwMHGHTUV4
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) January 30, 2018
Derrick Rose has played more games in the last 3 seasons (142) than Blake Griffin has (129).
— Mike Sullivan (@MikeSullivan) January 30, 2018
— Clipper Darrell (@clipperdarrell) January 29, 2018
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin23) January 30, 2018
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 30, 2018
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) January 30, 2018
Blake Griffin gonna turn into Blake Icewood after his first Pistons home game.
— Chase N. Cashe (@ChaseNCashe) January 30, 2018
— theScore (@theScore) January 30, 2018
Since the end of the 2017 Finals,
& more have switched teams. Incredible.
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 30, 2018
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January 30, 2018
Update: Here’s a statement from the NBA on the suspensions:
Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza and guard Gerald Green have each been suspended two games without pay for entering the Los Angeles Clippers’ locker room to confront a player from the opposing team, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred following the Clippers’ 113-102 win over the Rockets on Jan. 15 at Staples Center. During the league’s investigation, which included more than 20 interviews with executives, staff, coaches and players from both teams, as well as arena personnel, it was determined that Ariza and Green entered the Clippers’ locker room immediately after the game and engaged in a hostile, verbal altercation with several Clippers players. The league’s investigation further concluded that Rockets players, James Harden and Chris Paul, followed Ariza and Green into the corridor outside the locker room in an effort to defuse the situation, and accordingly, discipline is not warranted.
Ariza and Green will serve their suspensions during the Rockets next two games, Jan. 18 vs. Minnesota and Jan. 20 vs. Golden State.
Rockets G Chris Paul came back to Los Angeles to face his former the team the Clippers, but it was not very festive. Paul would get into it with his former Clipper teammate Blake Griffin, which reportedly led to the Rockets’ James Harden, Gerald Green, and Trevor Ariza trying to get into the Clippers’ locker room to confront Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers.
The Inside the NBA found this whole situation funny.
Their reaction was hilarious!
Take a look:
Before, during, and after the 2017-18 season, we will be talking about where LeBron James will play. James, 32, can opt of his contract in the summer of 2018. According to Chris Sheridan, James will be looking to leave Cleveland after next season.
Clippers F Blake Griffin gave his thoughts on where LeBron could play after next season to “View from the Cheap Seats” podcast with the Sklar Brothers
Here is what Griffin said as transcribed by CBS Sports:
“Honestly, I don’t see him coming to L.A. period,” Griffin said. “Listen, again, I have no idea [laughs]. I think something is brewing with him and his group of guys. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think something’s brewing and they’re going to try to make that work.”
“I could see [LeBron] going to New York before L.A. I still think, when you go to the Garden, it’s a completely different feeling,” Griffin said. “The energy, there seems like there’s just a consistent buzz the entire game. … Even last year when you go play them, it’s still there.”
If James were to play elsewhere, New York would be fun. Could you imagine how much of a legend James would be if he won a title with the Knicks? They would love him forever in New York!
However, LeBron to Los Angeles(Lakers or Clippers) has been speculated by many, but New York is New York, and The Garden is The Garden.
We’ll see what happens in the summer of 2018!
The Los Angeles Clippers season, just like last season, ended in the first-round. Many believe that the Clips need to make some moves in the offseason to get over the hump. Suns F Jared Dudley agrees. “Keep Doc (Rivers) one more year. No GM, maybe coach. Trade one of the big three, and you good,” Dudley told TMZ Sports. When asked which one he would trade, Dudley said “Trade Blake.”
Dudley is familiar with the Clippers. He played with the Clippers in 2014.
We’ll see what Doc Rivers has in store for the Clippers.
It’s the playoffs, so that means another Clippers’ injury. Blake Griffin left in the first half against the Jazz with a bruised right big toe, and never returned. According to the Clippers, X-rays were negative. Griffin will be further evaluated on Saturday. The Clips did manage to win game three in Utah 111-106.
Griffin might come back and be effective, but this a big reason why you have to break up the Clippers. Can you really trust that Blake Griffin will stay healthy? Furthermore, it boggles my mind that the Clippers did not try to get Carmelo Anthony. According to reports, the Clippers did not have to give up any of their “Big 3″(Jordan, Paul, and Griffin) to get Melo. Even if the Clippers were to get out of the first round, they are not beating GSW.
Griffin can and probably will opt out of his contract this summer. Chris Paul can do the same. With all that money out there, CP3 and BG are opting out. Decisions, decisions! This is the perfect time to rebuild or retool, but you have to do something.
Doc Rivers you have a busy summer my friend!
UPDATE: Clippers’ announced that Blake Griffin is out for the playoffs with a toe injury!
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) April 22, 2017