The Detroit Pistons made the biggest move in the franchise’s storied history and, honestly, fans don’t seem to know how to react.
Numbness. Bewilderment. Fear. Resignation. Some excitement, sure, but worry, lot’s of worry.
That’s only natural when you’re talking about a player with the injury history of Blake Griffin. When you’re talking about a player with a $38.9 million player option in 2021.
But when Griffin is healthy ... when he’s got the ball in his hands ... when he’s the absolute focal point of an offense. It can work.
Who knows if this crazy maneuver can work, but if it does the Pistons will have a solidified core of Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson to build around with shooters like Luke Kennard, Anthony Tolliver, Reggie Bullock and Langston Galloway to complement their skills.
An All-Star that forces defenses to react, a big man who is finally rounding out his game and a point guard who can be deadly in the pick-and-roll.
Unfortunately, the two biggest qualifiers associated with both Griffin and Jackson at this piont in their careers are “when they’re healthy.” And lately, they’ve been anything but.
If it doesn’t work, well the Pistons won’t be dancing around the fringes of the playoffs. If Griffin gets injured or his game disappears with his athleticism as he gets older — this team is primed to crash and burn.
They won’t be a nine or 10th seed. They will be one of the worst teams in the NBA with a bloated payroll and no way to get better. It will be four to five years of torture before any light is seen at the end of the tunnel.
What do you think, Pistons faithful? Fans wanted the team to take a big swing — either make a big trade or tear it all down. They opted for the big trade and have no way out of it now.
Do you hate the trade or love the trade?
Grade the Trade: Blake Griffin to the Pistons
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