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Clippers’ Steve Ballmer Saw Blake Griffin’s Knee Injury As ‘Red Flag’

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In the wake of the trade that sent Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons on Monday, details are emerging regarding why the Clippers decided to ship Griffin out of town.

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.

 

 

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Pistons Declining Henry Ellenson’s Option

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The Detroit Pistons are declining the 2019-2020 rookie scale option for Henry Ellenson, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

With Detroit opting to decline the option, Ellenson will hit unrestricted free agency next summer.

Ellenson, 21, averaged 3.8 PPG and 2.2 RPG in 58 games, over two seasons, since being selected in the first round of the 2016 draft.

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Pistons’ Blake Griffin Motivated by Criticism

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Detroit Pistons superstar forward Blake Griffin isn’t letting criticism of his game impact his play on the court, in fact Griffin is using that same criticism as motivation this season as the Pistons embark on the 2018-2019 regular season.

“The past two, three years, all I hear is how bad I am,” Griffin said, according to NBA.com. “And, you know, I’ve been hurt, had bad games. I haven’t even played the way I have. But we’ve talked about it: This summer, being able to work out for the first time in three summers, is huge. Last three summers, I was fighting and working as hard as I could to get healthy to be able to play. This summer, I was able to really put time in and work on my game, on my body. I’ve always been a big believer in hard work pays off.”

Griffin made headlines already this season for his 50-point game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Pistons Expected To Pick Up Option on Reggie Bullock

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The Detroit Pistons are hard at work after hiring their new head coach, Dwane Casey, as they are now turning their attention to their roster.

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.

 

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