Blake Griffin, coming off a season the place he performed simply 18 video games attributable to one other knee surgical procedure, is owed $75.6 million over the subsequent two years (assuming he picks up his 2021-22 participant choice for almost $39 million, which he’ll).
These should not the sort of stats that normally encourage commerce curiosity from different groups, however within the case of the Pistons’ Blake Griffin there’s a market, ESPN’s Zach Lowe mentioned on his podcast this week (hat tip Actual GM).
“Sufficient individuals have requested me what I’ve heard about Blake Griffin and the way he’s trying. What am I listening to? This and that. That I feel Detroit goes to have a marketplace for him.
“I don’t suppose it’s going to be, like, sturdy. They’re not going to have two first-round picks, or perhaps a first-round decide except they take again one thing onerous too. However I’ve had sufficient groups ask me about Blake Griffin that I feel there’s nonetheless curiosity in what he can do that will help you win.”
Contemplating what Griffin is making, the events shall be contending groups (or groups that suppose they’re contenders) with an enormous contract in addition they are prepared to maneuver: Golden State with Andrew Wiggins, Houston with Russell Westbrook, Philadelphia with Al Horford are the apparent decisions.
Due to the probably flat wage cap and the shortage of elite free brokers, there are going to be attention-grabbing and surprising trades this offseason (Lowe in his podcast acquired into a reputation I heard buzzing round, Aaron Gordon). Massive salaries are going to maneuver, which groups do this properly shall be attention-grabbing.
Like which staff lands Blake Griffin in a commerce, and for what.