Pistons agree to contract buyout with Blake Griffin

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a buyout with forward Blake Griffin on Friday. He will have to clear waivers on Sunday.

Once he clears waivers, he will be an unrestricted free agent. There is expected to be considerable interest in his services.

Former Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin takes a picture during the team’s media day
Blake Griffin takes a picture during the team’s media day (Photo by Blake Griffin/Instagram)

“Blake has been a great representative for our franchise and for the city of Detroit,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. “His work ethic and his approach to the game contributed a lot to our culture. He has been a consummate pro and we wish him continued success.

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“I’m grateful for everything he did for our team and our community.”

He’ll have to decide where to play the rest of the season in the coming days. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Griffin had to give back $13.3 million to become a free agent.

Griffin had $75 million left on the final two years on his contract. Charania claims that the Brooklyn Nets are the front-runners to add him.

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“I thank the Pistons organization for working together on an outcome that benefits all involved and I wish the franchise success in the future,” Griffin said in a statement Friday.

The 31-year-old spent three-plus seasons with the Pistons. He was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Pistons on January 29, 2018, in a deal that also sent Brice Johnson and Willie Reed to Detroit. 

Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanović, a 2018 1st round draft pick, and a 2019 2nd round draft pick.

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This season, he made 20 appearances, including 20 starts. Griffin is averaging a career-low of 12.3 points per game. 

He is also averaging 5.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game. 

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