Detroit Pistons, Blake Griffin looking to part ways through buyout or trade

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Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press
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As Detroit's pro teams begin rebuilds in earnest, the veteran stars are looking elsewhere.

First, Matthew Stafford. Now, Blake Griffin.

The former six-time All-Star's time with the Detroit Pistons is coming to an end, after the team and player agreed he will be out of the lineup until a resolution on his future is reached, Pistons general manager Troy Weaver said in a statement Monday.

"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," Weaver said. "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."

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"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," Blake Griffin said in his statement.

Pistons forward Blake Griffin looks at the scoreboard during the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Salt Lake City.
Pistons forward Blake Griffin looks at the scoreboard during the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Salt Lake City.

Griffin's mammoth contract makes a trade difficult. His cap hit is $36.8 million this season, and he holds a player option for $38.9 million in 2021-22.

Griffin, who turns 32 on March 16, is a diminished player from his 2019 All-Star form, averaging 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists, shooting a dreadful 36.5% overall and 31.5% from 3-point range (6.2 attempts per game) in 20 games for the Pistons (8-19). His 3.1 free-throw attempts per game are by far the lowest of his career.

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The Pistons, under president and head coach Stan Van Gundy, traded for Griffin in January of 2018 in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, and future first- and second-round draft picks.

ESPN was first to report Monday's news.

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