What’s an “arthroscopic debridement?” Take it away, DBB’s Shameek Mohile:
The Pistons didn’t announce a timetable for Blake’s return, so you’d be well within your rights to assume (hope?) he is done for the season. The Pistons (if they hurry, the deadline is soon) can apply for a nice-sized Disabled Player Exception for Blake Griffin:
The Detroit Pistons could apply for a Disabled Player Exception for Griffin for the value of $9,258,000.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 7, 2020
That DPE could be used to sign/claim or trade for a player on a one-year deal for the remainder of this season.
Last date to apply for the DPE is 1/15.
The Pistons might not NEED said DPE, but it’s an option, and one that’s better to have and not need than need and not have.
This was always a concern with acquiring Blake Griffin - that his long injury history would catch up with him. However, what made the play of Blake Griffin so special last season was not his athleticism - it was the pullup shooting and passing ability he hadn’t shown anywhere other than Detroit. The Pistons, I suspect, are hoping that this second procedure, combined with a longer recovery period, gets Blake back closer to the player he was in 2018-19, and THAT player is not the $34 million of dead weight on the books that Blake currently is.
Let us hope that Blake recovers, as fully as he can, at an appropriate pace.