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Report: Blake Griffin expected to sign with Nets [UPDATE]

The former All-Star will head to Brooklyn to chase a championship with KD, Kyrie and James Harden.

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Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the game against the Boston Celtics on February 12, 2021 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

UPDATE: March 7, 5:04 p.m. — Blake Griffin has cleared waivers and is expected to sign with the Nets as a free agent, Shams Charania reported Sunday evening. The Nets had emerged as the most likely destination for Griffin after he reached a buyout agreement with the Pistons. It will be interesting to see how Griffin meshes into the rotation with Brooklyn. The Nets lack depth and size, so Griffin will help out in that respect.

UPDATE: March 5, 12:50 p.m. — The Nets are emerging as the strongest contender to land Griffin, Stein reported Friday following the news of the Pistons buyout. Griffin joining the Nets wouldn’t surprise anyone really. Brooklyn has three superstars in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Griffin could chase his first NBA championship either as a starter or coming off the bench for Brooklyn.

UPDATE: March 5, 12:02 p.m. — The Pistons and Griffin have reached an agreement on a contract buyout, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday afternoon. So Griffin will be free to sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent.

The Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat are among the initial teams interested in Griffin’s services, per Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The Detroit Pistons continue to work toward a buyout with PF Blake Griffin, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Thursday morning. The Pistons have been holding out the veteran forward as negotiations on a buyout continue. Griffin is expected to join a contending team following the move. The Pistons are also getting interest around the League on SG Wayne Ellington. Detroit will be heavy sellers prior to the NBA Trade Deadline.

Griffin is making around $36M this season and has a player option for $38M next season, so there’s really no way the Pistons can trade him to another team. Ellington is much more manageable at $3M on an expiring contract. The veteran guard would provide experience and shooting to a contending team in need of depth.

Delon Wright and Mason Plumlee are also being dangled as the Piston go through a full-fledged rebuild. Both may be a bit tricky to move. Wright has had discipline problems and has another year on his deal that is worth around $8M annually. Plumlee is signed through the next two seasons at $8M per. The contract is nice but may not be something contending teams would want to add for a bench big.