NBA Rumors: Door is open for Pistons to make another Blake Griffin trade

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Pistons are at a new low point of the season, a mark they seem to be hitting nearly every day.

They’ve lost nine in row, have the worst record in the league again, are still without several key players and the fanbase is getting restless.

Some are calling for Troy Weaver’s job, others for changes in the lineups and rotation, while some have just given up and are enjoying the Lions, who might end up with more wins this season than their NBA counterpart in Detroit.

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Some are getting desperate and begging Troy Weaver to make some kind of move to improve this roster and get Cade Cunningham some help before his legs fall off and his 3-point percentage dips below the equator.

We’ve been here before.

The Blake Griffin trade: Short-term gains, long-term destruction

Back on January 29th, 2018, the Detroit Pistons shocked the NBA world by trading Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and a 1st and 2nd round pick to the LA Clippers for Blake Griffin, who played the final 25 games of the 2017-18 season in Detroit after spending his entire career up to that point in LA.

It was a risky move by Stan Van Gundy, who was both coach and President of Basketball Operations at the time, but luckily for SVG he didn’t have to face the aftermath, as he was fired the following May.

The Griffin trade gave the Pistons some short-term rewards, as they did make the playoffs the following season and Griffin was fantastic, making the All-NBA team and having one of the best all-around seasons of his career.

He carried Detroit to the playoffs on one leg, where they were eviscerated in four games. It was a disaster after that, as Blake was injured, never got right and the Pistons ended up having to pay him huge money to leave, a hit on their cap space that set the team back years.

With Tobias Harris still playing well and Griffin out of the league, it’s fair to say that one didn’t work out for the Pistons.

And they could do it again.