Detroit Pistons acquire Blake Griffin in blockbuster deal

Detroit Pistons acquire Blake Griffin in blockbuster deal”

The Pistons may need to pay Griffin more, but they still agreed to the deal as they know what the five-time All-Star can do on the court whenever he's healthy.

The package involves the Pistons receiving Griffin, back up centre Willie Reed and back up swingman Brice Johnson, in exchange for guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, back up centre Boban Marnjanovic as well as a first-round and second-round draft pick.

Griffin is having himself another strong campaign, with averages of 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists in 34.5 minutes per game.

Griffin signed a five-year deal worth 173-million-dollars over the summer. Griffin's Twitter account had its own message with no words - just an image of actor Will Smith with a surprised expression on his face.

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Griffin is a 6-foot-10 power forward who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft.

The trade brings Griffin, who spent his entire career in Los Angeles, to an underachieving Pistons team that is 22-26 and three games behind Philadelphia 76ers for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

He has averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his career. Starting point guard Reggie Jackson is out until at least the All-Star break, which is nine more games. Detroit acquired Bradley in a trade with Boston last offseason, but he's in the final season of his contract.

The five-time All Star will now pair with Andre Drummond, forming one of the more formidable frontcourts in the National Basketball Association, for a Pistons team sitting in ninth place in the East. Harris has been impressive for the Pistons this season, shooting a career-best 41 percent from 3-point range.

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