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Can The Blake Griffin Trade Save The Pistons?

A blockbuster deal just landed in Detroit as Stan Van Gundy makes his move to save the imploding Pistons season by acquiring Blake Griffin from the Clippers.

On the face of it, this is a good deal for Detroit. They get a bona fide max player with four more years on his deal in Griffin for the expiring contract of Avery Bradley, a productive combo forward with just one more year left on his deal in Tobias Harris, a center no one will miss in Boban Marjanovic and a couple of drafts picks that the Pistons would have probably swung and missed on anyway.

In what can only be described as a guard-driven league, Gundy has re-created the Pelicans experiment with two big men sucking up nearly all of his cap room. At least the Pelicans managed to stay in the playoff race with their two big stars (while they were healthy). At this point Gundy would be happy with that.

It’s going to be tough in L.A. to sell this trade as anything but the start of a rebuild and it would make sense to see what other assets they can grab for DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams.

But as things sit, the Clippers can argue they are still better than the Pistons post trade, not that being better than the Pistons will guarantee the Clippers a playoff spot in the West.

However, at the very least, the Pistons have generated some excitement and given themselves a chance to turn things around. It’ll be fun to see what happens.

Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists this season and is still on the right side of 30 years old. If the team that gets the best player wins the trade, the Pistons can claim victory.

 

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.