On Monday, one of the most shocking NBA trades in recent memory was completed.
The Los Angeles Clippers dealt Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and draft picks.
Now paired with All-Star center Andre Drummond in Detroit, Griffin enters a whole new situation and will suit up as a member of a team not called the Clippers for the first time in his career.
At his introductory news conference in Detroit on Wednesday, Griffin opened up and revealed some interesting details about how he’s processing the move.
Not only was the concept of being traded surprising to Griffin, but the way in which he found out about it was jaw-dropping. Griffin, the face of the Clippers franchise ever since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2009, found out that he was traded on Twitter.
“Basketball is a business, the NBA is a business, and they made a decision,” he told ESPN. “The only thing I just wish I had known or had the opportunity to talk to somebody beforehand. Finding out through Twitter, through other people is a tough way to find out when you’ve been with a franchise for so long. But at the end of the day, basketball is a business, and I want to play where a team wants me. And that’s why I’m excited about being here.”
The talented forward seems to be making the most out of his new situation and has a positive outlook on the opportunity that he now has alongside Drummond.
“I think we can be very dominant,” Griffin predicted. “We have to start working together. I’ve been a fan of Andre’s game for a long, long time. When he first came in, you could see just how talented he was, just raw talent. And then watching the maturation over the course of his career has been awesome. Getting to post moves and being able to finish in different ways. He has way more skill than I think he probably gets credit for. I’m not sure what people think of him over here — I know they love him, but I know he’s a better player than I think people even realize, and they know he’s a good player.”
Griffin signed a five-year, $173 million extension with Los Angeles before the season started, but that did not contain a no-trade clause. He was asked about whether or not he should have negotiated for one in hindsight.
“At the time [I signed], it was around the time where Melo was going through his whole thing in New York with the no-trade clause,” Griffin explained. “I don’t think it was something that was a real option at the time. Like I said, I want to play for a franchise that wants me to be here, and clearly [the Clippers] didn’t, so this is what’s most exciting to me.”
Going from generally-warm weather in California to the cold winter months in Michigan will be a stark change for Griffin. But, it appears as though he’s looking on the bright side of that as well.
“I have a winter coat,” Griffin joked. “We travel all the time. I’m from Oklahoma, so we have actual seasons and winters, so this is more like home than L.A., so I’m prepared.”
Although Griffin was admittedly disappointed in the way in which he found out about his trade, it seems as though he’s looking forward to the second chapter in what could end up being a Hall of Fame career.