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.
Pistons Expected To Pick Up Option on Reggie Bullock
According to the Detroit News’ Rod Beard, the Pistons are expected to pick up a $2.5 million team-option on shooting guard Reggie Bullock.
Bullock had a solid 2017-2018 campaign, ranking 2nd in the league in 3-point shooting, shooting 44.5% behind the arc and 53.6% from the field while averaging 11.5 points per game.
Pistons Hire Dwane Casey, Sign Him to 5-Year Pact
Casey, 61, owns a 373-307 career record in parts of nine seasons with Toronto and Minnesota, and was fired last month after leading the Raptors to a 59-23 regular season record, and a #1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Pistons Likely To Hire Dwane Casey
The Detroit Pistons are closing in on their next head coach, as the team is likely to name former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey to take the helm in Detroit, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Earlier on Tuesday, Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein, who had interviews for the Pistons job, announced that he is choosing to stay at Michigan, pulling out of consideration for the Pistons gig.
Casey met with team owner Tom Gores on Tuesday and an announcement seems imminent.
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