This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
In an unexpected, blockbuster move, the Clippers opted to ship Blake Griffin off to Detroit, just months after signing him to a five-year, $173 million contract. Also packaged in the trade from LA are Brice Johnson and Willie Reed. The Pistons, to acquire Griffin, sent out Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, protected first-round draft pick and a second-round pick.
The Clippers are still reportedly pursuing trades to unload DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams, so the roster could change even more between now and the Feb. 8 trade deadline. For now, though, we'll have to evaluate the teams as they are. I'll break down the key players in the trade and how their roles could change, as well as highlighting some other players who will be affected positively or negatively.
The two leading shot-takers for the Pistons prior to the trade were Tobias Harris (14.8 FGA/G) and Avery Bradley (14.3), who are both now members of the Clippers. As a result, Griffin (17.5 FGA/A) should walk into a huge scoring role for the Pistons, almost by default. The Pistons are also devoid of much isolation scoring talent, so Griffin may be asked to be just as much, if not more, of a facilitator as he was in LA (5.4 assists per game). It's hard to imagine his rebounding numbers increasing considering the presence of Andre Drummond, who is arguably a better rebounder than DeAndre Jordan.
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