When Blake Griffin re-signed with the Clippers this summer, he did so following an over-the-top recruitment from the L.A. brass that included a mock jersey retirement at Staples Center, complete with a choir, as they tried to sell him on being a Clipper for life.
Seven months later, Griffin found himself being traded to the Detroit Pistons in a stunning, blockbuster deal that sent the Clippers a package headlined by Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and a 2018 first round pick. After inking Griffin to a near-max contract, all signs pointed to the Clippers being all-in on building around him, but a sputtering start to the season clearly changed the Clippers’ course as an organization.
Now, the rebuild is on in L.A. and most anticipate DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams to be next to get moved before the Feb. 8 deadline. Griffin is headed to Detroit to pair with Andre Drummond and help their playoff push in the East, but with both teams out of action on Monday night he was able to reflect on his 8.5 years in L.A. and release a more full statement on his time there than his initial reaction of surprise.