UPDATE: March 7, 5:04 p.m. — Blake Griffin has cleared waivers and is expected to sign with the Nets as a free agent, Shams Charania reported Sunday evening. The Nets had emerged as the most likely destination for Griffin after he reached a buyout agreement with the Pistons. It will be interesting to see how Griffin meshes into the rotation with Brooklyn. The Nets lack depth and size, so Griffin will help out in that respect.
UPDATE: March 5, 12:50 p.m. — The Nets are emerging as the strongest contender to land Griffin, Stein reported Friday following the news of the Pistons buyout. Griffin joining the Nets wouldn’t surprise anyone really. Brooklyn has three superstars in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Griffin could chase his first NBA championship either as a starter or coming off the bench for Brooklyn.
UPDATE: March 5, 12:02 p.m. — The Pistons and Griffin have reached an agreement on a contract buyout, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday afternoon. So Griffin will be free to sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent.
Six-time All-Star forward Blake Griffin has agreed to a contract buyout with the Detroit Pistons and will become an unrestricted free agent, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 5, 2021
The Lakers, Clippers, Nets, Heat and Warriors are among the teams that have expressed interest in Blake Griffin when he becomes an unrestricted free agent, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 5, 2021
The Detroit Pistons continue to work toward a buyout with PF Blake Griffin, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Thursday morning. The Pistons have been holding out the veteran forward as negotiations on a buyout continue. Griffin is expected to join a contending team following the move. The Pistons are also getting interest around the League on SG Wayne Ellington. Detroit will be heavy sellers prior to the NBA Trade Deadline.
Griffin is making around $36M this season and has a player option for $38M next season, so there’s really no way the Pistons can trade him to another team. Ellington is much more manageable at $3M on an expiring contract. The veteran guard would provide experience and shooting to a contending team in need of depth.
Delon Wright and Mason Plumlee are also being dangled as the Piston go through a full-fledged rebuild. Both may be a bit tricky to move. Wright has had discipline problems and has another year on his deal that is worth around $8M annually. Plumlee is signed through the next two seasons at $8M per. The contract is nice but may not be something contending teams would want to add for a bench big.