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The Los Angeles Clippers and Detroit Pistons have agreed a trade that sends star forward Blake Griffin to the Pistons, the team announced early Tuesday.
“We are serious about winning, and this is a major move to improve our team,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a prepared statement. “Blake Griffin is one of the NBA’s elite players, and when you get an opportunity to add that kind of talent, you take it.”
The Clippers will receive forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center Boban Marjanovic, as well as a first- and second-round draft pick, from the Pistons.
The Clippers are including forwards Brice Johnson and Willie Reed in the deal.
Griffin, 28, signed a five-year, maximum-level contract with the Clippers this offseason. He is averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in 33 games.
Sources: Protections on Detroit's 2018 first-round pick headed to Clippers — 2018: 1-4; 2019: 1-4; 2020: 1-4; 2021: unprotected. Detroit will send a 2019 second-round pick in the trade too.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 29, 2018
Both the Clippers and Pistons have been aggressive in trade talks leading into the Feb. 8 deadline, with Clippers such as Griffin, center DeAndre Jordan and guard Lou Williams surfacing on the rumor mill in recent weeks.
Harris, 25, is averaging 18.1 and 5.1 rebounds in one of his best seasons. Bradley, 27, is among the NBA’s top two-way backcourt players, averaging 15 points and offering strong defense — two traits he brought over from the Boston Celtics. Bradley was dealt to Detroit in the offseason, creating room for free-agent signthe Celtics to sign Gordon Hayward.
The Pistons had been actively shopping guard Bradley, according to a Monday report from ESPN.
According to the Detroit Free Press, only center Andre Drummond has been considered the an “untouchable” on the Pistons’ roster.
The Pistons will now pair Griffin and Drummond at the frontcourt power positions.