UPDATE, Jan. 7 2:12 p.m. — Griffin has undergone knee surgery and has no timetable for a return.
Pistons say forward Blake Griffin underwent arthroscopic debridement of his left knee today. Griffin will undergo an extended rehabilitation period and there is no timetable set for his return. The six-time NBA All-Star has missed 19 games this season.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) January 7, 2020
So usually arthroscopic knee surgery doesn’t mean you’ll be out the rest of the season, but this is the second surgery Griffin has had on his left knee. Plus, the Pistons don’t really have much to play for, so there’s not need to rush Griffin out. We don’t have a timetable, but I’d be surprised if Griffin played again this season.
So with that said, now is the time to pick up Sekou Doumbouya off the waiver wire. Markieff Morris is also injured and Andre Drummond will likely be traded before the deadline. Doumbouya has been seeing huge minutes and should become the starting PF for Detroit the rest of the season.
Detroit Pistons PF Blake Griffin will see a knee specialist this week and is considering season-ending surgery, Yahoo Sports’ Chris B. Haynes reported Monday.
Griffin, who has only played 18 games this season, would need a second surgery on his left knee. At 13-24, the Pistons are essentially in the midst of a lost season and aren’t viewed as playoff contenders. Griffin isn’t getting any younger and another knee surgery would have to make you start questioning his future in the NBA.
The Pistons have also been rumored to be looking to move C Andre Drummond, who has one year remaining on his contract after 2019-20. If Griffin is out for the season and Drummond is moved, the Pistons can go into full rebuild mode and look towards improving their draft stock for June.
Fantasy Basketball waiver wire advice: Detroit Pistons
I think right now we know two things: Griffin may not play the rest of the season and Drummond is likely to be dealt. If those two things come to fruition, then we can jump on some early waiver action to benefit our rosters.
If you’re on ESPN in season-long, outside of Drummond, Griffin and Derrick Rose, there’s nobody on the Pistons over 30% owned. Luke Kennard and Reggie Jackson have both been sidelined recently. Markieff Morris is also banged up, though he would be in line for a huge bump in value if both Griffin and Drummond are out of the picture this season. Christian Wood isn’t a bad option either, plus he has keeper value. Thon Maker and Sekou Doumbouya would be the other two names in the frontcourt to consider adding. Doumbouya would make the most sense overall, actually. He’s gotten a ton of run recently, playing at least 27 minutes in the past three games, posting two double-doubles.