Tired of inconsistency and subpar efforts, Blake Griffin has asked the Detroit Pistons to trade him as soon as possible, as he’s allegedly lost all faith in Dwane Casey’s project, according to reports.
We all know there’s going to be a lot of market for a power forward of the likes of Blake Griffin, even despite his underperformances in the playoffs and his proneness to get hurt, as he’s one of the best scorers in the league.
Griffin is playing the best ball of his career and is just a matter of time until he finally finds a new home, but where could he thrive the most? Who could actually offer enough value in return for him? Let’s take a look at his top possible destinations.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are also a star shy of being Championship bound, and Blake Griffin would be a nice fit next to Jusuf Nurkic as they try and hold on to the 4th seed in the Western Conference.
Also, the Pistons could get some young assets in return like Zach Collins and Jake Layman to go along with Al-Farouq Aminu, Evan Turner and a future 1st round pick, so it ’s a win-win scenario for everybody involved.
The Miami Heat are reportedly on Griffin’s shortlist and even though they’re not Championship bound, he’d definitely take them a step forward as the team’s go-to-guy rounding up a big three with Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic.
Mami has enough assets to try and pull the trigger on Blake, even though the Pistons would n’t be getting any superstar in return. In order to get him, they’d have to trade away Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson, Bam Adebayo, Wayne Ellington, and some 2nd round picks.
The Denver Nuggets may be interested in trading for Blake Griffin as they were reportedly ready to move on from Paul Millsap, and pairing him with Nikola Jokic may truly enhance their chances in the playoffs.
The Nuggets are Championship contenders as it is but would be even better upon Blake’s arrival, and they could get him and Jon Leuer in return for Trey Lyles, Paul Millsap, Will Barton and a future 1st round pick.
New York Knicks
Blake Griffin would also be interested in joining the New York Knicks, as they feature some of the best young players in the league in Kevin Knox and Kristaps Porzingis and could also have a top-3 pick in next year’s Draft.
New York could finally speed up their long overdue rebuilding process amid Griffin’s arrival. In order to get him, they’d have to trade away Enes Kanter, Tim Hardaway, Mario Hezonja, Frank Ntilikina, and a couple 2nd round picks, while the Pistons would also send Glenn Robinson III.
Griffin would be thrilled to join fellow ex-Clipper DeAndre Jordan and help Luka Doncic carry the load as Dirk Nowitzki’s replacement. The Mavericks are a star away from contending, and Griffin could really take them in the right direction even if they miss the playoffs this season.
Getting Griffin won’t be complicated and could put both teams on a win-win scenario. The Mavericks would have enough money to resign Jordan, and the Pistons would get a couple picks, Harrison Barnes, Dennis Smith Jr, and Dwight Powell.