Blake Griffin Jan 20, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) reacts during their game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

In a surprise deal, the Los Angeles Clippers are sending Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.

NBA Twitter lit up after a Woj bomb on the subject:

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor chimed in with a potential outline:

Then Woj confirmed the deal, with the details:

The deal means a fascinating frontcourt for the Pistons; Drummond and Griffin are both under contract through 2020, and will take up a big portion of the cap until then. It also leaves Detroit thin on the wings, but considering their current roster sits 3 games out of the final playoff spot in the East, Stan Van Gundy was willing to shake things up for both the short-term and long-term.

Getting two potential star players (if Drummond’s first-half play holds up) to Detroit is a big win for the Pistons, but only if they can maximize their talents. As for the Clippers, this means the end of their competitive run, although that was probably over as soon as Chris Paul went to Houston. The return is solid, but if the Clips are building for the future, it would almost make more sense to include a few of those pieces in a potential DeAndre Jordan trade with Cleveland; there’s no point half-assing a rebuild during the prime of this Warriors run in the West, anyway.

Whether that’s what happens remains to be seen, but if the Clippers do decide to tear down, they have some of the best pieces on the trade market (we haven’t even gotten to Lou Williams.)

But hey, Blake Griffin is a Piston now! That’s really weird, right? Not quite as weird as the NBA transaction market heating up before MLB’s offseason, but still!

About Jay Rigdon

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