According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer saw Griffin’s health as a “red flag” after the All-Star missed a month earlier this season with a sprained left MCL and this thinking motivated the Clippers to work a trade.
The trade saw the Clippers received guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and a future first-round draft pick from Detroit in exchange for Griffin, Willie Reed and forward Brice Johnson.
It was a change of course for a franchise that put on a full-court press to sign Griffin to a five-year, $175 million max extension after they traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets this past summer.
According to Aldridge’s report, the team “became convinced that they not only weren’t a real contender this season, but wouldn’t be next season as well with the current roster.”
Clippers players such as DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams are also on the trade block in what is clearly a firesale to kickstart a rebuild for the Clippers.