Los Angeles Clippers Trade Blake Griffin To Detroit Pistons

Ryan Phillips

Blake Griffin has been traded to the Detroit Pistons. As we posted earlier, the Pistons and the Los Angeles Clippers had been in serious trade discussions and now it appears a deal has been finalized.

Yahoo!’s Shams Charania was the first to report the trade:

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski wasn’t far behind.

Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson are headed to Detroit in exchange for Tobias HarrisAvery BradleyBoban Marjanovic and two draft picks.

The Clippers will be relieved to get out from under Griffin’s five-year, $171 million contract, but will also be losing the face of their franchise. In return they’ll get Harris, a 25-year-old wing having the best year of his career (18.1 points, 5.1 rebounds per game) and Bradley, a guy who was instrumental to the rise of the Boston Celtics last season.

Harris is owed around $35 million over the next two seasons, while Bradley will be a free agent this summer. That means the Clippers may have to re-sign both Bradley and Lou Williams in the offseason.

It’s clear what Detroit is going for. While Harris was the team’s leading scorer, Griffin will combine with Andre Drummond to give the Pistons the league’s most formidable frontcourt. With DeMarcus Cousins out for the season, no team will be able to match Detroit up front.