June 18, 2020, 3:43 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have hired Troy Weaver as their new GM.
Weaver was previously the VP of Basketball Operations with the Thunder. Detroit liked Weaver's reputation as a strong identifier of talent and that is going to be critical for a team that has trouble attracting marquee free agents. Weaver's input reportedly played a large role in OKC's selection of Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Serge Ibaka in the past. Among Weaver's early decisions will be a possible new contract for Christian Wood, as well as whether the Pistons want to try and build around Blake Griffin or truly tear the team down to the studs to rebuild.
June 11, 2020, 5:43 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee) has yet to hit 100% activity but has been doing on-court work since May and feels like he's ready for full intensity workouts.
Griffin said he had fully recovered from knee surgery back in mid May, so this isn't too surprising. At this point it's fair to assume that the COVID-19 pandemic has been keeping Griffin from ramping things back up as opposed to his body. Still, the injury risk is significant, and Griffin may have to shoulder a heavier burden than ever on the rebuilding Pistons next season. Just a few things to keep in mind for those of you already looking ahead to next year's fantasy drafts.
Source: James Edwards III on Twitter
May 12, 2020, 12:57 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, said that he has fully recovered.
Griffin was a shell of himself, battling through injury in the games that he did suit up for this season. He won't return for the 2019/20 season when he is healthy after the Pistons were granted a $9.2 million player exception in late January, but it looks as though he will get in a full off-season of work in preparation for the 2020/21 season.
Source: M Live
January 22, 2020, 11:24 amBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have been granted a $9.2M disabled player exception for the projected season-ending injury to Blake Griffin, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.
Griffin recently underwent knee surgery and he is facing an extended rehab process. The Pistons being awarded the exception means that the dynamic forward is being ruled out for the remainder of the season. Sekou Doumbouya and Markieff Morris will continue to split the power forward minutes while it will be interesting to see whether the team makes a move with the available $9.2 million.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
January 11, 2020, 11:09 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons applied for a disabled-player exception for Blake Griffin.
This news solidifies that Griffin will not return this season, and he can be dropped in all redraft leagues. If you're holding in dynasty leagues don't expect more than top-75 production next season.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
January 7, 2020, 2:16 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Blake Griffin underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and will face an extended rehab process.
This news officially puts the nail in the coffin on what has been a nightmare season for the All-Star big man. Regularly going around pick-50 in drafts, Griffin never truly looked healthy and will wind up finishing just inside the top-300 on a per-game basis in 9-cat leagues. The Pistons will move forward with Christian Wood, Sekou Doumbouya and Markeiff Morris (foot) to pick up the slack at PF. If the former two are still hanging around on the waiver wire, run and grab them.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
January 6, 2020, 12:41 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin is visiting a knee specialist and season-ending surgery is under consideration, per Yahoo's Chris Haynes.
Griffin underwent left knee surgery in the offseason but just hasn't been able to shake his left knee issues this year, and it's clearly limited his effectiveness. Sekou Doumbouya has been starting in his place of late but Markieff Morris (when healthy), Christian Wood and Thon Maker would all see more time if Griffin does get shut down. Wood has the highest upside of the bunch and makes a nice stash.
Source: Yahoo Sports
January 5, 2020, 6:07 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (sore knee) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Lakers.
It's been a tough road owning Griffin, especially so if you are without an IR spot. Griffin is a hold for now in 12-team leagues, but its getting to the point of consideration if your team is on the outside of playoffs looking in.
Source: Keith Langlois on Twitter
January 3, 2020, 8:41 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin has been ruled out of Saturday's game with a sore knee.
Griffin's knee is not yet right and he's a notoriously slow healer, making him a drop in 10-team leagues and a marginal hold in standard formats.
January 3, 2020, 1:27 amBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Following Thursday's loss to the Clippers, Pistons owner Tom Gore said that the team is not considering a shutdown for Blake Griffin as the star continues to battle left knee problems.
Gores said, "No, we're not that far, and we're just gonna assess it in the next week or so. He's a trooper." Griffin may be tough but the Pistons could be risking his long-term health by asking him to return given how obviously off Griffin has looked this year. Fantasy GMs have no choice but to hold and hope for the best, though it looks like Griffin might go down as the most frustrating, if not worst value, pick in drafts this year.
Source: Rod Beard on Twitter
January 2, 2020, 10:25 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin has been ruled out of Thursday's game due to his sore left knee.
He was a game-time call, so Griffin is nearing a return. His absence tonight will mean some more run for Christian Wood.
Source: Rod Beard
January 2, 2020, 9:11 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (sore knee) is a game-time call for Thursday according to coach Dwane Casey.
Griffin was doubtful and this upgrade is a good step in the right direction. That said, he's been playing at a sub-par level so far this season. Then again, some poor production is better than none.
Source: Rod Beard on Twitter
January 1, 2020, 8:54 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin is doubtful to play in Thursday's game due to left knee soreness.
We should see some more of Christian Wood, while inconsistent, remains an option in deep leagues for contributions in big-man stats.
December 30, 2019, 8:10 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Jazz.
With Markieff Morris (left foot sprain) and Griffin out, Christian Wood should have a great opportunity to put up some nice numbers.
Source: Aaron Falk on Twitter
December 29, 2019, 9:26 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin has been listed as doubtful for Monday's tilt with the Jazz due to left knee soreness.
It sounds like Blake is on his way to another night out, which would be his fourth absence out of the last eight games. Those missed games were due to the flu, but the left knee has been a problem throughout this time. This situation is only getting more difficult, and it is hard to imagine anyone biting on a trade offer unless they have been living in a cave all season.
Source: NBA Injury Report