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Blake Griffin undergoes (probably season-ending) knee surgery

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The surgery was on the same knee he injured last season for Detroit.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Utah Jazz Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Welp:

What’s an “arthroscopic debridement?” Take it away, DBB’s Shameek Mohile:

Thanks, Sham.

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 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.