The Clippers Kicked Off A Potential Rebuild By Trading Blake Griffin To Detroit

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Blake Griffin has only played for the Los Angeles Clippers during his NBA career. Now, Griffin will have to get used to a change of pace, as he’s headed to the Detroit Pistons. Reports broke earlier on Monday that the two sides were working on a deal that would send Griffin out East for a package of players, and now, appears to be official.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the news of the talks earlier in the day, broke that the trade is official.

Meanwhile, Shams Charania of The Vertical broke down what the Clippers will get in return for the player who many expected to be the face of their franchise for years to come.

Wojnarowski then offered up the full details of the package, as the Clippers will take back Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and a pair of lightly protected future picks, while the Pistons get Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson.

The move paves the way for the Clippers to hit free agency in 2019 with a much cleaner cap figure, as Harris ($14.8 million) and Marjanovic ($7 million) both expire after next season while Bradley’s $8.8 million figure expires after this summer. Combined with DeAndre Jordan entering free agency possibly this summer, the Clippers are suddenly in the mix to completely start over with their roster. Reed and Johnson are expiring minimums, but Griffin is owed north of $141 million over the next four years.

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