(via SB Nation)

With Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, the Detroit Pistons had high expectations for the season ahead. Unfortunately, with a quarter of the season done, it’s clear that those expectations will not be met.

Blake Griffin’s injury struggles have been a big part of the reason why. Since returning from injury, Griffin has been a shell of himself this season, averaging just 17.5 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 28.4 percent from beyond the arc.

And, according to James L. Edwards III of The Athletic, it’s affecting his value on the trade market.

Griffin likely isn’t going anywhere if the Pistons continue to stay the course for the duration of his contract, which expires after 2021-22. If a rebuild is in the cards, though, one would imagine the Pistons try to move his money. According to one league source, Griffin’s value has dipped because of the injury to start the year, the contract and his age, but that source wouldn’t be surprised if a desperate team made a move for his services.

Griffin has already missed 10 games this season, and he’ll probably miss more.

As a result, the Pistons might have trouble with not only winning games but finding a way to rebuild their roster as they lose.

Griffin is, for better or worse, the key to the Pistons’ fate moving forward this season and in the ones to come.

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