October 21, 2020, 9:18 amBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Zach Lowe of ESPN said on his podcast that the Pistons are going to have a market for Blake Griffin.
“I’ve had enough teams ask me about Blake Griffin that I think there's still interest in what he can do to help you win,” said Zach Lowe on his podcast. "I don't think it's going to be, like, strong, they are not going to have two first round picks, or even a first round pick unless they take back something onerous too, but there is a market.” Griffin has just two seasons remaining on his contract after having an All-NBA Third Team season in 18-19, and that makes him a a potential target for contending teams. He was limited to just 18 games last year after having two surgeries on his left knee, but all reports coming out of Detroit claim that he is recovering very well.
September 17, 2020, 12:30 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Although Blake Griffin won't be participating in the Pistons' upcoming mini-camp, Dwane Casey said that the star forward is 100% recovered from knee surgery.
Griffin will be working out in LA instead of joining the Pistons for their in-market bubble, which is something the coach has no problems with. It was a disappointing season to be sure, as Griffin's injuries completely wiped out Detroit's faint playoff hopes, but a healthy Griffin does give them a shot at a playoff berth in the East. He'll be one of the more volatile and risky names on draft boards heading into next season, but it's possible that everyone is so scared about the negatives that he ends up being a decent value. We'll see how it all unfolds.
August 26, 2020, 10:59 amBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin has spent the offseason rehabbing his knee, and he’s confident he’ll be ready to go when the season begins, and even though he’s open to taking on a different role, it doesn’t appear that the front office will ask him to do so.
The goal for next season is to compete and to win, head coach Dwane Casey told reporters last week, so it wouldn’t be fair to ask Griffin and the Pistons’ other key veteran, Derrick Rose, to take on a lesser role. With a couple months before the draft and free agency, the roster will undergo further changes before the 2020-21 season tips off. Rebuilding on the fly by adding players via free agency and trade, while remaining competitive, is the route that the Pistons will likely select, and if Griffin regains his 2018-19 season form, it’ll significantly raise the floor of next year’s team.
Source: Detroit Free Press
July 10, 2020, 3:36 pmBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin was one of fantasy's worst values in 2019-20, finishing as a top-250/315 per-game player (8/9-cat) and bottoming out as a top-360/380 player in total value despite an ADP inside the top-45.
Griffin dealt with left knee problems on and off throughout the season and could only make 18 appearances. He was sapped of some athleticism and was limited even when he took the court, ending up with 28.5 mpg after topping 32.5 mpg in every other season of his career. Griffin also averaged a seven-year low with 13.9 shot attempts per night and shot a disastrous .352 from the field, including .243 from deep despite taking 6.2 triples a game. He's now the keystone player of a team that badly needs a rebuild, with a serious history of injuries to boot. Griffin can be a dynamic, top-50 player when he's on, but he'll be hard to trust over the course of a full season. Hopefully this extended layoff gives Griffin, who underwent left knee surgery in January, time to fully recover for next year.
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