Blake Griffin Trade Odds: Heat, Thunder Betting Favorites to Land Pistons PF

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2021

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin plays during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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If the Detroit Pistons find a taker for a Blake Griffin trade, the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder are currently considered the favorites to land the six-time All-Star.

BetOnline.ag's sportsbook provided odds after the Pistons confirmed Griffin would be sitting out for the foreseeable future while the franchise explores a way to amicably part ways with the veteran forward:

HoopsHype @hoopshype

Miami the odds-on favorite to land Blake Griffin if a trade happens, per @betonline_ag. https://t.co/vKo21eWx9p

The odds are only in place in the event of a trade, but Miami still stands out as a curious favorite for Griffin's services.

The Heat would likely have to trade Andre Iguodala, Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless and another small contract to make the deal work, which isn't likely to have much appeal for the Heat, who would lose all of their 2021 flexibility in exchange for a distressed asset in Griffin.

Oklahoma City could find the salaries to trade for Griffin, but it's hard to find much logic in a deal for either team. The Thunder would likely willingly add Griffin's salary to their cap sheet but would require at least one first-round pick in exchange, something a rebuilding Pistons team would not want to give up. Griffin also likely has no interest in trading one rebuild for another.

The likely end to this situation is Detroit and Griffin reaching an amicable buyout, with Griffin taking a sizable cut from his $39 million 2021-22 base salary in exchange for the freedom to sign with a contender. Griffin would then be able to recoup some of his 2021-22 salary with a deal this summer with his new team or as a free agent.