UNDATED (WOOD) — The Pistons have made a deal that will bring forward Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers to Detroit, multiple media outlets are reporting.
Citing anonymous sources with “firsthand knowledge of the situation,” the Detroit Free Press says the Pistons are trading Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and a first- and second-round draft pick in exchange for Griffin.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the trade, which had not yet been officially announced as of Monday night. Wojnarowski cited NBA sources in saying talks started nearly a week ago.
Griffin, 28, has been with the Clippers since 2010. Though he has struggled with injuries, he has a career average of 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game — better stats than any of the Pistons involved the trade.
In a Monday night Instagram post, Harris thanked Detroit fans for their support and said he was “excited to start a new chapter.”
Detroit, From the day I got here it’s been nothing but love. I want to thank every last one of you for the amazing support, the hospitality, the snow, The games at the Palace and Little Caesar’s, the cheers, the boos, hearing y’all scream DETROIT, followed by BASKETBALL!! It’s been amazing. Gods path leads you in many directions, I’m excited to start the next chapter. Want to give a true thank you to my teammates it’s been a blessing to work with you everyday. Want to thank Tom Gores and Coach Van Gundy, true professionals and first class men. Blessings to you Detroit. Thank you🙏🏽🙏🏽