Pistons acquire Blake Griffin in trade, according to multiple reports

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Heading to Detroit with Griffin, however, are center Willie Reed and forward Brice Johnson - the latter a former First Team All-American during his senior year at UNC following the 2015-16 campaign. It may not be the strategy to put people in seats now, but with two first round picks in next year's draft, plus the possibility of another through a DeAndre Jordan trade, the Clippers could get young. The Clippers are also sending and to Detroit alongside Griffin. The Clippers are now 9th in the Western Conference.

On Tuesday, the Clippers face the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Pistons play the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The L.A. Clippers want everyone to believe that they don't plan on rebuilding from scratch after trading Blake Griffin, their best player and franchise cornerstone. But in reality, this deal was about removing a awful contract from their ledger.

Drummond welcomed his new teammate to Detroit with a post on Instagram which indicated just how much he's looking forward to teaming up with the athletic forward.

Griffin averaged a career-best 24.1 points a game in the 2013-14 season.

According to ESPN's Zach Lowe, the Lakers were hesitant to commit to four seasons of Griffin, who signed a five-year max extension worth US$173 million (AU$214 million) this past offseason.

But things aren't attractive because they last, so let's revisit the time Griffin's Clippers put away the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7. But longer-term and more importantly, the deal signals a new direction for the team, which lost star guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets as a free agent and has floundered since.

Twenty-five-year-old Tobias Harris, an all-around small-forward, is averaging 18.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and two assists per game in 48 games with the Pistons.

Protections on Detroit's 2018 first-round pick include 1-4 in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and unprotected in 2021, per sources.

Griffin's career has been marred by injuries.

The Pistons, now 22-26 overall and fourth in the Central Division, are still struggling to find a rhythm.

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