Detroit Pistons acquire Blake Griffin from Clippers

Report: Pistons acquire Blake Griffin from LA
Posted at 6:35 PM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-30 18:08:32-05

Stan Van Gundy is swinging for the playoffs.

The Pistons and Clippers have completed a trade that is sending Blake Griffin to Detroit.

“We are serious about winning, and this is a major move to improve our team,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores in a news release announcing the trade.  “Blake Griffin is one of the NBA’s elite players, and when you get an opportunity to add that kind of talent, you take it.  The move is not without risk.  We gave up a lot to get him, including Tobias Harris — one of the hardest working, highest-character players I know — and two high quality young men in Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic.  But we are very excited to bring Blake Griffin to Detroit.  He is a great fit for our team and will bring a combination of toughness and athleticism that will elevate our team and excite our fans.”

Griffin was Los Angeles' first overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He is a five-time All-Star, but has missed 99 games in the last four years.

Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games this season.

In a statement released on Twitter, Griffin thanked Clippers fans for years of support and said he was getting ready to helping the Pistons make a run in the Eastern Conference.