Report: Blake Griffin to sign with Nets

The Brooklyn Nets have another piece to the puzzle. According to The Athletic’s Sham Charania, Blake Griffin has cleared free agency waivers, and the six-time NBA All-Star is expected to sign with the Nets.

The 31-year-old Griffin and the Detroit Pistons agreed to a buyout on Friday. 

During three-plus years with the Pistons (2018-21), Griffin posted averages of 20.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 33.3 minutes over 138 games (all starts). He earned All-NBA Third Team honors and his sixth NBA All-Star selection while averaging a career-best 24.5 points and leading the Pistons to the NBA Playoffs in 2018-19.  

In 20 games with the Pistons this season, Griffin averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game.

It should be interesting to see what role Griffin will have in Brooklyn, but the assumption is he will probably be a starter. With what they have in terms of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant, Griffin will get a lot of good looks. If he can stay healthy, Griffin can definitely help the Nets. He gives them depth and another guy who can score the ball.

Drafted first overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Clippers, Griffin holds averages of 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 34.7 minutes in 642 career NBA games.

Pistons-Mavericks postponed due to severe weather in Dallas

There is a lot of snow and ice in Texas. Because of that, the NBA announced today that the Detroit Pistons at Dallas Mavericks game scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed due to the government shutdown of American Airlines Center because of severe weather conditions in Dallas.

The game will be rescheduled at a later date. 

Many people in Dallas are dealing with power outages after snow and ice have battered Texas. According to the National Weather Service, significant ice accumulation is expected over Central Texas, and significant snow accumulation is expected over North Texas tonight.

The Mavericks are coming off a 121-118 loss to the Blazers on Sunday night.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers sign former lottery pick Thon Maker

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed former lottery pick Thon Maker, the team announced on Monday. Maker became an unrestricted free agent after the Pistons decided not to extend a qualifying offer.

The 23-year-old Maker, who was acquired by the Pistons from the Bucks in February, played in 60 games (14 starts) for Detroit last season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.9 minutes. He posted two double-doubles and scored in double figures on 11 occasions in 2019-20. 

The 7-footer was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but has had a hard time getting consistent playing time. The four-year veteran owns career averages of 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.9 minutes over 255 games (65 starts) with Milwaukee and Detroit.

This is an opportunity for Maker to turn things around in his career and an opportunity for the Cavaliers to get a player who has potential. We’ll see how Maker does in Cleveland.

In other moves, the Cavaliers added center Marques Bolden and guard Charles Matthews to their 2020 training camp roster.