Basketball followers and NBA gamers alike have been in disbelief when information broke on Twitter that the Clippers had agreed to ship franchise massive man Blake Griffin to the Pistons Monday night time.
Apparently Griffin was in the identical boat.
Griffin, who beforehand had spent his total seven-year profession with the Clippers, stated nobody from the group referred to as to tell him of the deal previous to information of the commerce hitting social media.
Whereas the five-time All-Star acknowledged basketball is “a enterprise” he admitted it was disappointing to seek out out he was being traded on Twitter like the remainder of the basketball world.
“The one factor I simply want I had recognized or had the chance to speak to anyone beforehand. Discovering out by means of Twitter, by means of different individuals is a troublesome strategy to discover out if you’ve been with a franchise for therefore lengthy,” Griffin informed ESPN Wednesday. “However on the finish of the day, basketball is a enterprise, and I wish to play the place a workforce needs me. And that is why I am enthusiastic about being right here (in Detroit).”
Regardless of Griffin saying he was “shocked” to seek out out he was being traded, he appeared to take the information in stride, tweeting out a gif of Will Smith trying stunned shortly after it was reported he was being shipped to the Pistons.
Griffin later posted a farewell observe to Twitter, saying he’s “without end grateful” to Clippers followers for embracing him, however he’s now “prepared for the subsequent chapter.”
The choice to commerce Griffin comes solely months after the Clippers signed him to huge five-year, $173 million deal final June. As a part of an elaborate free-agent pitch to maintain Griffin in Los Angeles, the Clippers carried out a mock jersey retirement ceremony for Griffin, displaying his jersey within the rafters whereas pumping crowd noise all through Staples Heart.
Griffin led the Clippers to the playoffs in every of the final six seasons. Nonetheless, after buying and selling Chris Paul to the rockets previous to the beginning of the season and by no means with the ability to make it previous the Convention Semifinals through the Griffin Period, the workforce opted to start a whole rebuild.