By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports activities Author
DETROIT (AP) — Together with his workforce in a stoop that threatened to derail a as soon as-promising season, Stan Van Gundy boldly put the Detroit Pistons on a brand new path.
The place it’ll lead is anybody’s guess.
The commerce that introduced Blake Griffin to the Pistons consists of loads of danger. The 6-foot-10 ahead with an All-Star pedigree has a prolonged spotlight reel and an damage historical past to match. However in his fourth season as Detroit’s coach and staff president, Van Gundy wasn’t going to let this chance cross. If wholesome, Griffin is the kind of participant who might raise this franchise considerably — and never simply this season.
“The toughest factor to do on this league is to get a confirmed star,” Van Gundy stated Tuesday. “You get only a few alternatives to do it.”
Detroit has made the playoffs as soon as beneath Van Gundy, however when the Pistons misplaced their eighth straight recreation Sunday, this season appeared to be slipping away. Detroit has seemed misplaced with out injured level guard Reggie Jackson, and though middle Andre Drummond is signed long run, the longer term appeared murky at greatest.
Guard Avery Bradley was on an expiring contract, and up to date draft picks Luke Kennard and Stanley Johnson look extra like position gamers than stars. The Pistons weren’t in a transparent rebuilding mode, however enhancing the roster wasn’t going to be straightforward.
So Detroit took a chance, sending Bradley and main scorer Tobias Harris to Los Angeles for Griffin in a six-participant commerce introduced Tuesday morning. The deal additionally value the Pistons a primary-spherical draft decide.
“It’s an ideal addition,” stated Detroit ahead Reggie Bullock, who as soon as performed with Griffin on the Clippers. “We’re getting an All-Star-caliber participant coming to a staff so as to add onto the one which we have already got.”
The upside is clear. The Pistons have been mediocre for a lot of the previous decade, however they’ve by no means picked larger than seventh within the draft throughout that interval. Detroit isn’t thought-about a serious free agent vacation spot, so if the Pistons have been going to accumulate a participant like Griffin, this was one option to do it.
Griffin agreed to a $171 million, 5-yr cope with the Clippers in July, so Detroit can maintain him for some time, albeit at a prohibitive value.
“Everyone can view that in a different way. ‘Oh wow, you’re locked into one hundred forty million dollars-plus.’ Yeah, however he’s locked into us too, as the most effective gamers within the league,” stated Van Gundy, whose workforce snapped its dropping streak — with out…