KEY POINTS

  • Blake Griffin may undergo season-ending knee surgery
  • Pistons likely to go in full rebuild mode
  • Griffin's future trade value dipping further

The woes just continue to pile up on the Detroit Pistons. Aside from the fact that they have underperformed and managed to produce a 13-24 win-loss record, the Motor City squad still had an outside chance of making it to the NBA playoffs. However, a new twist just entered the fray.

One player who has not really shown up for the Pistons this season is Blake Griffin. This 2019-20 NBA season, the 30-year-old forward has played in only 18 games. He averaged 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists, number that are way below his career stats, according to Basketball-Reference.com. If healthy, there is no question the six-time NBA All-Star can jack up those numbers. But it appears that will not happen.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports learned from sources that Griffin will see a specialist in Los Angeles for possible season-ending knee surgery this week. If he does go under the knife, it would be another big blow to the cause of head coach Dwane Casey. Griffin and Andre Drummond have been mentioned frequently in the NBA trade rumor mill, a move that will likely signal the Pistons plan to go into full rebuild mode.

As mentioned in a previous post, multiple teams are interested in Drummond. However, the 26-year-old enter prefers to stay in Detroit if given a choice. Part of the supposed Drummond is because of his player option after this NBA season. Most believe that he will test the waters and likely look for bigger pay. The Pistons could dangle him a better deal, possibly making him the new cornerstone of the franchise.

As for Griffin, knee surgery will have severe implications. He is aging and his injuries have been limiting his time on the court. Further, there is the investment in him that is going to waste. The Pistons acquired him in 2018 together with his $173 million contract that he signed with the Clippers. He is due $34 million this season and roughly $75 million more until the 2021-22 season. He becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2022.

In another previous post that Detroit may want to take a second look at the investment they made on the former NBA Rookie of the Year. Trading him off will not be easy because of his span of injuries and his fat contract. The Pistons may not only have things to worry about this NBA season but future ones too.

Blake Griffin Blake Griffin is not asking for a trade from the Detroit Pistons for now. Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Capital One Arena on January 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Getty Images/Rob Carr