Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Blake Griffin traded to Pistons for package including Avery Bradley, per report

Blake Griffin traded to Pistons for package including Avery Bradley, per report

Bradley, 27, has been bothered by a groin injury, which caused him to miss seven straight games earlier in the season. Bradley is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and could command an annual salary in the $20 million range.

Blake Griffin's time with the Clippers has come to an end, according to multiple reports. Wojnarowski describes the Pistons' asking price for Bradley as "significant" suggesting they won't be in total sell mode at the February 8 trade deadline. Bradley was traded from the Celtics to the Pistons this summer.

The Clippers (25-24) are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, now in 9th place, a game behind the Nuggets, but apparently are looking to rid themselves of the their best player anyway.

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Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reported the Pistons have interest in Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood and Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic. He now averages 15 points, 2.1 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Bradley still remains one of the league's best perimeter defenders and is a career 37 percent shooter from the three-point line.

Sources say that LA will continue to discuss dealing Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan, with a plan to focus on young players and draft picks while competing for a playoff spot this season. The Pistons have made it known that they are looking to move Avery Bradley, and with an expiring contract he would likely be part of this deal. He would form a strong defensive duo in the backcourt if the franchise brought back Patrick Beverley and Bradley next season. Griffin just signed a five-year, 171 million deal this offseason, and is set to make over $31 million a year from 2018-19 to 2021-22. It also assures the Pistons of something in return instead of seeing him walk away as a free agent.

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