Report: Blake Griffin Will Not Play While Detroit Pistons Decide on Buyout, Trade

Photo of Blake Griffin taken by Mark J. Rebilas of USA Today Sports

Detroit Pistons Forward Blake Griffin is now in the same position as his former teammate Andre Drummond, as Pistons ownership has decided to sit Blake Griffin until they can reach a decision on his future with the franchise. The same thing happened with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Andre Drummond, with more information on the subject here.

Blake Griffin is currently 31 years old, and having the worst season of his career — even worse than his rookie season. Griffin is averaging 12.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists on 37% shooting from the field. The fact of the matter remains that he is getting paid $30+ million to play like an average starter. He has, unfortunately, become a role player with an All-Star contract. As a matter of fact, the Dunk Contest Champion in 2011 has not even made a single dunk this whole season. He has also only blocked two shots this season, a horrible total.

Some potential landing spots for Griffin in a trade could be the Celtics, Heat, and Lakers. The first two teams desperately need a solid big man in the interior, whether it be because of injuries or that their team is based around guards. The Lakers could use Griffin’s services because AD is going to be out for the next 2-3 weeks with a calf strain. Whatever the case, it seems unfair in the eyes of certain players that ownership is benching them until their future is decided.

Draymond Green voiced his displeasure and outrage over how teams have handled the situations with players, calling Andre Drummond’s situation “bulls—“.

“To watch Andre Drummond before the game sit on the sidelines, then go to the back, and to come out in street clothes because a team is going to trade him, it’s bulls—“.

Draymond Green on Drummond’s situation
Photo taken from Youtube video released by the Golden State Warriors

Green also commented on the James Harden situation/trade. “Because when James Harden asked for a trade, and essentially dogged it, no one’s going to fight back that James was dogging it his last days in Houston, but he was castrated for wanting to go to a different team. Everybody destroyed that man. And yet a team can come out and say, ‘Oh, we want to trade a guy,’ and then that guy has to go sit, and if he doesn’t stay professional, then he’s a cancer. And he’s not good in someone’s locker room, and he’s the issue.”

Green makes very valid points that should be addressed, and the NBA knows this. The NBA has fined Green on multiple occasions for speaking his mind and thoughts, most recently when teams were in the NBA bubble and Green was serving as a guest analyst for Turner Sports. He talked about how Devin Booker needed to leave the Phoenix Suns, and was fined $50,000 by the league.

“As players, we’re told to, ‘Ah, no, you can’t say that, you can’t say this.'” But teams can? It goes along the same lines of when everyone wants to say, ‘Ah, man, that young guy can’t figure it out.’ But no one wants to say the organization can’t figure it out. At some point, the players must be respected in these situations, and it’s ridiculous, and I’m sick of seeing it.”

Draymond Green

Undoubtedly, there will be people who think Green is 100% right, and others who think these spoiled millionaire brats are whining about nothing when they have real world problems to deal with. All make compelling arguments, and while people often say it’s a player’s league… is it? Let me know who you think is right in the comments below, don’t forget to follow the blog, and as always, have an awesome day!

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3 thoughts on “Report: Blake Griffin Will Not Play While Detroit Pistons Decide on Buyout, Trade

  1. Unfortunately any team that accepts Blake Griffin is asking for trouble. For whatever reason his recent performance statistics show he is washed-up. If he thinks “dogging-it” will force the Pistons into a buy-out or trade decision, he must be proven wrong. To begin with, paying any player $30 million is ludicrous. The NBA should transition from a fixed salary structure to a performance based system. I believe a player should be paid a base salary of perhaps $1-5 million per year and bonus money for: points scored, rebounds, assists, games played, shooting percentage, team, and/or league MVP, etc. Contracts should clearly state that failure to achieve certain performance objects will result in financial penalties. A performance based system should take into consideration rotations and other situations such as injuries, illness, etc. that could impact the bonus money that a player could potentially earn. In the Griffin situation, he must realize he is an employee and the Pistons are his employer. I think players in general lose sight of this relationship. If he doesn’t work he doesn’t get paid.


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