Pistons to sit Blake Griffin as team begins process of moving him …

Blake Griffin

Pistons to sit Blake Griffin as team begins process of moving him …

The six-time All-Star is working with the Pistons to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team.
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“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,” Pistons GM Troy Weaver . “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.”

ESPN story on Blake Griffin and Pistons agreeing that he will be out of the lineup until the franchise and his reps can work through a resolution on his playing future:

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn)

The Pistons reportedly will now facilitate trade offers for Griffin, who was acquired by the team from the LA Clippers in January of 2018.

“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,” Griffin said in a statement to ESPN.

The 31-year-old forward has started 20 games for Detroit this season and is averaging career lows for points (12.3), field goal attempts (11.1) and free throw attempts (3.1). For his career, the former No. 1 overall pick is averaging 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He played in just 18 games last season after requiring season-ending left-knee surgery.

If the Pistons can’t find a trade for Griffin before the March 25 trade deadline, the team reportedly will consider buying out Griffin’s contract, which reportedly is worth $36.6 million this season and $39 million in 2021-2022.

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