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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 Interested in 76ers’ Markelle Fultz

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The Detroit Pistons may be in the market for a point guard and are apparently eyeing struggling Philadelpha 76ers’ point guard Markelle Fultz, according to The Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis.

Detroit is reportedly eyeing a young point guard in preparation for the potential departure of Reggie Jackson via free agency following next season.

The report pointed out that in order to take on Fultz, the Pistons would have to move money around to avoid the luxury tax.

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Pistons’ Ish Smith Out with Adductor Tear

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The Detroit Pistons will be without guard Ish Smith for around 3-6 weeks after he suffered an abductor tear, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey announced, per Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press.

After around 2 weeks, Smith will be re-evaluated, the team announced.

Smith has posted 9.2 ppg and 3.0 apg for Detroit this season.

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Pistons’ Reggie Jackson Says Teams Takes Andre Drummond for Granted

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Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson is heaping praise on his teammate, big man Andre Drummond, who he feels that the team often times takes for granted.

“I’d be lying if I said we didn’t [take Drummond for granted],” Jackson said, according to Vince Ellis of Detroit Free Press. “I think a lot of times we rely on him heavily for rebounds. On some nights when we get outrebounded, we’re solely looking for him to do it and not necessarily always helping him.”

“When you get a guy who over the last few years get around 14, 15 (rebounds per game), unfortunately it’s hard not to take him for granted, but we definitely appreciate him being the best (rebounder).”

Drummond is having a solid season, posting 18.9 points, 16.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

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