Brooklyn Nets Favourites to Land Star Blake Griffin Following Buyout
On Friday, the Detroit Pistons announced they have bought out the contract of forward Blake Griffin.
The six-time All-Star will now become an unrestricted free agent and will be able to sign with any team of his choosing, with the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, and Miami Heat all projected to be potential suitors for his services.
“Blake has been a great representative for our franchise and for the city of Detroit,” owner Tom Gores said in a statement Friday. “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.
“I’m grateful for everything he did for our team and for our community.”
Sources: Blake Griffin gave back $13.3 million in his buyout with the Pistons. He had $75M on his deal for this season and 2021-22. The six-time All-Star will clear waivers on Sunday and the Brooklyn Nets are the leaders to sign him.
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Due to Griffin’s pricy contract situation, facilitating a trade for the 31-year old forward was nearly impossible as evident by the buyout. Griffin is due to make $36.6 million this season, along with $39 million in 2021-22. As injuries have continued to plague Griffin’s career, his unmatched explosiveness has begun to fade over the past couple of seasons. In limited floor time this season, Griffin has averaged 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
“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 released by the team.
Griffin gave back $13.3 million in his buyout as per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Once he clears waivers on Sunday, he will be eligible to sign with a new team.