The Clippers and Pistons shocked the NBA world on Monday when they made a trade that sent Blake Griffin, fresh off of signing a five-year $173 million deal over the summer, to Detroit. This blockbuster move is going to shake up both the Eastern and Western Conference.
While the Clippers were in the playoff race, Detroit had fallen out of postseason position and needed a deal to get back in the race. Griffin can help them do that.
However, there are definite risks involved not only for the Pistons, but also for the future of the Clippers. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Los Angeles has no plans of bottoming out, but will continue to pursue potential trades for DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams if they can’t work out contract extensions.