Entering the NBA All-Star break, the Detroit Pistons sit with a 10-26 record; the second-worst overall standing. In a season full of inconsistencies, six-time All-Star Blake Griffin is enduring his worst season from a statistical standpoint. On Friday, the Pistons and Griffin agreed to a contract buyout that will allow him to seek out a new team during the All-Star break.
This season, Griffin is averaging only 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He was owed $36.8 million during the course of the current season. The five-time All-NBA talent is expected to receive interest from multiple teams, including some of the top contenders in the league.
According to the latest reports, the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, and Portland Trail Blazers are among the teams interested in the 31-year old. At this time, the Nets are viewed as the favorites to sign Griffin.
Under first-year general manager Troy Weaver, the Pistons are clearly in a rebuilding stage. Unable to find a trade suitor, this seemed to be the next-most logical step. Griffin was traded to the Pistons from the Los Angeles Clippers less than a season into a five-year, $171 million max deal in January of 2018.