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Blake Griffin Dealt to Pistons in Blockbuster Trade

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Didn’t see that one coming.

After weeks of speculation surrounding the future of the LA Clippers other stars-Deandre Jordan and Lou Williams-it was superstar Blake Griffin that ended up trade on Monday night without any real warning.  Griffin was dealt along with Brice Johnson and Willie Reed to the Detriot Pistons in exchange for Tobais Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjonovic, and a first and second round draft pick.  This trade signifies a clear rebuilding movement for the Clippers, who many now expect to deal their other key players who are too old to be part of the future.

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New Clippers Guard Avery Bradley drives to the basket in a game against the Hornets

A major reaction from NBA fans across the globe on Monday night was sympathy for Griffin, who has spent his entire career with the Clippers since they drafted him first overall in 2009.  He resigned with the Clippers over the summer with the intention of being a Clipper for life and getting his jersey eventually hung up in the Staples Center rafters.  Now, hes forced to move from sunny Los Angeles to depressing Detroit.

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The biggest question after this blockbuster is who will end up getting the better of the deal.  Many fans initially gave Detroit the win because they got the best player in the trade and didn’t have to gut their entire roster, but the juries still out.  Griffin is at the tail-end of his prime and has already begun to show signs of declining athleticism along with a long injury history.  It’s also unclear how much a healthy Griffin will help the Pistons, being that their best player, Andre Drummond, is a frontcourt player like Griffin and the potential fit is questionable at best.

Only time will tell if this trade works for either side.

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