In the summer of 2017, Blake Griffin signed a max contract extension to stay in Los Angeles and help lead the Clippers over the hump and into the Promised Land. In the winter of 2018, LA traded his ass to Detroit thus turning Blake into an irrelevant afterthought in this league.
This week, Blake finally regained his agency. He was freed from the prison that is the Detroit Pistons and can now sign with any franchise he chooses. After being tricked by the Clippers into believing he was going to be the face of the franchise to being teamed up in Detroit with Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, Blake never stood a chance.
He was given a massive contract, that he earned, and then instantly teleported into a situation that was impossible to succeed and justify that aforementioned contract. It was a hit job. They tried to massacre my boy.
But Griffin persisted. He made the All-NBA team after the 2018-19 season and led the Pistons to the playoffs before his knee exploded and the Bucks dogwalked Detroit into oblivion. He has never really recovered from that blown tire and there was one last bullet to Old Yeller Blake behind the shed.
Enter Jerami Grant.
This Jerami Grant poster 😳 pic.twitter.com/OHrPi2uMoS
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 2, 2021
This offseason, Detroit signed Jerami Grant, a player who plays the same exact position as Blake, and gave him the keys to the kingdom.
Grant is averaging 23.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in around 36 minutes a night. He leads Detroit in field goal attempts while Blake stands in the corner or rides the bench.
But Blake Griffin has finally been freed. The shackles are off. Griffin and the Pistons agreed to a contract buyout that grants Blake his freedom. Free at last, free at last.
All reports show that he is most likely to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. On paper, it obviously makes sense to put a 31-year old All-Star onto a super team with Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. I mean, duh.
The problem is, the Nets so desperately need someone to play the 4 right now with Kevin Durant’s hamstring burning and Jeff Green nursing a shoulder injury. My fear is that both the workload and the expectations placed on Blake’s shoulders might be too great too soon considering he’s barely even touched the ball this season.
OR the alternative could happen where Kevin Durant returns and now Blake is completely removed from the rotation and only shows up in 4th quarter garbage time with the Nets up 50 on the Orlando Magic.
Now that he is finally his own man, I want Blake to go to a city where he has a chance to win the championship but also has an impact on wins and losses.
I just want Blake to be happy. Also I want to hang so yea, just come to Brooklyn we’ll chill.