Blake Griffin Trade to Pistons for Avery Bradley, More Ignites Twitter Reaction

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2018

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoots during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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The Los Angeles Clippers shook up the basketball world Monday when they traded star forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons less than a year after they traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the news and shared the details of the trade on Twitter:

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

The Clippers and Pistons have agreed on a deal to trade Blake Griffin for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round and a second-round draft pick, league sources tell ESPN.

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn

Clippers are includig Brice Johnson and Willie Reed in the trade, league sources tell ESPN.

Naturally, NBA Twitter was quick to react, largely with shock. Some of the surprise appeared to come from the man himself:

Blake Griffin @blakegriffin23


Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Just…wow. https://t.co/Kwj6n3SERV

Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 @JoshEberley

Me this morning: This might be a quiet deadline. George Hill? Bleh. Me right now: https://t.co/nGTMiFTCwP

Royce Young of ESPN.com shared an interesting tidbit from colleague Zach Lowe detailing the Clippers' pitch to keep Griffin in Los Angeles during the offseason:

Royce Young @royceyoung

Pretty awkward to re-read this from @ZachLowe_NBA on the Clippers free agency pitch to Blake Griffin from just last summer. https://t.co/eDYz5tIto8

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reacted in a similar manner:

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

First reaction to Clippers trading Blake Griffin: they literally pitched him on being Mr Clipper with a grand free agent presentation in June. Today they ship him to Detroit. Oof!

Chris Herring of ESPN looked back at another part of Griffin's recruitment:

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA

Ah, man -- I TOTALLY forgot the Clippers made these shirts for Blake's FA pitch. We should've seen this coming. https://t.co/C2RPBmoLgI

Griffin ultimately signed a five-year deal to stay with the Clippers only to get traded to the Pistons.

Others were focused on the Boban Marjanovic side of the deal:

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie

Operation: Become Best Friends With Boban In LA. Engaged.

Bill Landis @BillLandis25

Boban! What a steal https://t.co/Ch0S3e2LYR

Arash Markazi of ESPN underscored just how difficult it will be for the Clippers to contend in the Western Conference without Griffin moving forward:

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

This morning: The Clippers are one game out of the eight seed and just two games out of the six seed. Tonight: https://t.co/EqdH6pov0p

Andrew Sharp of Sports Illustrated suggested they are taking more of a long-term approach to contention:

Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp

It looks like the Clippers are clearing space for summer 2019, when Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, and Kawhi Leonard are all free agents

Here are some of the best of the rest:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Only one left... https://t.co/zuDRuQM85D

Ben Axelrod @BenAxelrod

Austin Rivers outlasting CP3, Blake and probably DeAndre Jordan in Los Angeles is... something.

Dan Favale @danfavale

"CP3 can't use the Clippers' secret locker-room entrance to come at me if i play for the Pistons" https://t.co/KrRVyqFLOi

While much of the focus was on the Clippers losing Griffin despite sitting just a game out of playoff position in the Western Conference, the Pistons picked up one of the better forwards in the league for their own push.

Griffin is averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season and will give Detroit another interior presence alongside Andre Drummond.

Detroit is 22-26 and in the middle of an eight-game losing streak, but it is just three games behind the Philadelphia 76ers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It now has an All-Star caliber player to help lead a comeback up the standings, and he figures to be particularly motivated on Feb. 9 when the Pistons host the Clippers.