Blake Griffin Calls Returning to Nets a 'No-Brainer,' Talks 'Unfinished Business'

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 12, 2021

Brooklyn Nets' Blake Griffin (2) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez (11) during the first half of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, June 19, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Blake Griffin didn't even consider going anywhere else in free agency.

The Nets forward told reporters Thursday that returning to Brooklyn was a "no-brainer."

“It was a no-brainer for me. That was the conversation; we as a team didn’t accomplish what we wanted. … We feel like there’s definitely unfinished business," Griffin said.

Griffin played 26 regular-season games with the Nets last season after reaching a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, averaging 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He took an even larger role in the postseason because of injuries, starting all 12 of the Nets' games as they fell in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Brooklyn signed Griffin to a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum. He will be eligible for "Early Bird" rights next offseason, which could lead to him netting a substantial raise if he performs at the same level he did last season.

The Nets represent Griffin's best chance at a ring in this stage of his career. They appear to be the overwhelming championship favorites, and it's hard to see any team competing so long as Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving stay healthy.