Blake Griffin has been one of the faces of the Detroit Pistons since his acquisition in January of 2018 from the Los Angeles Clippers, and put together arguably his finest career campaign in 2018-19 and helped the team to a playoff spot.
However, his future in the Motor City appears to now be up in the air.
Pistons GM Troy Weaver released a statement this afternoon, stating that Griffin has agreed to sit out games for the immediate future as the team and Griffin’s representatives work out a solution for his future that benefits both parties:
“After extensive conversation with Blake’s representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties,” Weaver told ESPN on Monday. “We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.”
Griffin then released a statement of his own:
“I am grateful to the Pistons for understanding what I want to accomplish in my career and for working together on the best path forward,” he said.
Griffin has two years and $75.5 million remaining on his current contract. He’s currently averaging 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists for Detroit this season.
Detroit is in the midst of a full-scale rebuild, with the focus on younger players such as the likes of Saddiq Bey taking prescedent.
The NBA Trade Deadline this season falls on March 25.
– – Quotes via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN Link – –