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Blake Griffin to sit as Detroit Pistons weigh options

Feb 9, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) dribbles the ball while defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (9) during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Forward Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons have agreed to keep the six-time All-Star out of the lineup while they work on a permanent breakup.

ESPN reported Monday that the Pistons are considering potential trade scenarios as well as contract buyout options.

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“After extensive conversation with Blake’s representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties,” Detroit general manager Troy Weaver told ESPN. “We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.”

With the Pistons (8-19 record) currently in a rebuilding mode, moving on from Griffin gives him the chance to find a role with a contender and gives Detroit the chance to provide younger players with more court time.

In a statement, Griffin told ESPN: “I am grateful to the Pistons for understanding what I want to accomplish in my career and for working together on the best path forward.”

Finding a partner before the March 25 trade deadline won’t be easy, as Griffin is owed a remaining $36.6 million this season and $39 million in 2021-22.

Griffin signed a five-year, $171 million max deal in July 2017 with the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded him to the Pistons in January 2018.

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He has averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 31.3 minutes in 20 starts this season.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Griffin has career averages of 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 642 games with the Clippers and Pistons.

–Field Level Media