LA Clippers agree to trade Blake Griffin to Detroit Pistons

Clippers forward Blake Griffin

The Associated Press is reporting that while the details of the deal were still being finalized, the Pistons would also get Brice Johnson, a forward, and Willie Reed, a center. The Clippers have small-forward depth with the addition of Harris and will likely insert him into the starting lineup.

If shuttling Chris Paul out of town this offseason wasn't the end of the Clippers as we know them, the Clippers that Rivers inherited, Monday night was. The Clippers have survived a storm of injuries this season already.

The franchise made a huge pitch to convince the power forward to commit his future to them but have now offloaded him less than a year into his huge contract. Kevin Love has been taking all the blame in Cleveland, his partnership with LeBron James has never been great; his defense leaves a lot to be wanted.

National Basketball Association reporter Keith Smith added that the Clippers have a realistic shot at landing James should they be able to shed Jordan's contract, enough of a shot to make the Lakers - who many believe are the favorites to land LeBron - uncomfortable.

The news will be a bitter pill for Blake to swallow as he expected to be a "Clipper for life" and was convinced of remaining in Los Angeles after an extravagant presentation by Ballmer and members of the front office in the summer. Marjanovic is also signed for one more year and is slated to make $7 million.

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Bradley, who is known for his strong defence, has posted 15.0 points per game and is the final year of a four-year, $32-million contract.

Not only does the deal clear cap space, the Clippers potentially acquired a lottery pick in a deep 2018 draft.

Wojnarowski reported earlier on Monday that Detroit's Avery Bradley is "available" in trade talks. It becomes unprotected in 2021 if the Clippers have not received the selection. As with the Clippers out west, the Pistons now find themselves as the ninth seed back east.

Griffin has spent his entire career with the Clippers, being selected with the team's No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Speculation arose that the Clippers, who are 25-24, were hitting the reset button with the Griffin trade, and Jordan and Williams were next.

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