Updated: Aug 16, 2020
It's been a little over 3 years since Blake Griffin signed a 5 year, $173 million deal with the Clippers. 7 months after, he was traded to the pistons for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, and a first and second round pick. Griffin has struggled with many injuries this season, limiting him to a career low of 15.5 points per game. But I think that many people forget, that a healthy Blake Griffin is a very talented player. just last season, his first full season with the Pistons, Griffin averaged 24.5 points per game. That's the most he's averaged in a single season. He also shot 36% from 3, second highest of his career. Over the past 5 years Griffin has proved that he's not just a big man, but that he can also play almost like a guard. He's drastically improved his shooting numbers and has shown he can dribble the ball too. But let's get back to his contract, 5 years $173 million! Although when healthy Griffin is a great player, the Pistons are rebuilding and can't take on a salary like that. And waiting another 3 years until Griffins a free agent probably isn't the smartest move. So the possibility of a trade is likely to happen.
Note: Some of the salaries on the trades do not work, the trades are just an example of players that could change destinations.
This first trade in my eyes would be the smartest trade. trading Blake for another draft pick. The Pistons will most likely already have a top 5 pick so trading Blake for another one would be smart. The Pistons have Derrick Rose, a former MVP who is starting to look like his old self again, but drafting a second point guard wouldn't be be a bad thing to do because Derrick Rose is getting old, and could potentially leave in free agency in 2 years. The Pistons have a promising young PF in Christian Wood, and a young SG in Luke Kennard. So drafting a SF or C would be the smartest thing to do. We have no idea who will be picking when because the draft lottery has not happened but I would doubt any team would trade a top 10 pick for Griffin. So this trade will be with the Portland TrailBlazers.
Trade #1 Blazers and Pistons
2020 1st round pick
2020 2nd Round pick
This trade works out for both teams because the Trailblazers could use a good PF, they have Carmelo Anthony who has not put up the numbers he used to, and Nassir Little who has not put up very well numbers, but could learn a lot from Griffin. On the other hand the Pistons are getting there first round pick to add another young player, and mario hezonja who is only 25 years old and could be a good backup small forward.
Trade #2 Pistons and Knicks
2020 2nd Round Pick
2022 1st Round Pick
Although The Pistons have Christian Wood, adding Randle would be great for them. He doesnt have a very high salary and he averages just under 20 points per game at the age of only 24. Knowing the Knicks they would trade a young player with a low salary and high potential for an older player with high salary, but this trade inst that bad for the Knicks because they get a 1st round pick in 2022.
Trade #3 Pistons and Spurs
2021 1st Round Pick
2022 second round pick
2024 1st Round pick
This trade is not ideal for the Pistons as they are trying to free up cap space, and they have to give up many picks, but Derozan could be a key player for this team as the Pistons lack a SF and Dejounte Murray could be a key franchise player for years to come as he is only 23 years old.
These were my 3 possible trade destinations for Blake Griffin. Let me know what you would change, and what trade you would want to see the most!