- Blake Griffin has agreed to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
- Griffin agreed to a buyout with the Pistons last week and cleared the waivers over the weekend.
- The Nets have the second best odds to win the 2021 NBA championship.
Blake Griffin has agreed to join th Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
Breaking: Free agent Blake Griffin has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets for the rest of the season, his agent Sam Goldfeder tells @wojespn. pic.twitter.com/O06ENhzC3j
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 8, 2021
The 31-year old Griffin agreed to a contract buyout with the Detroit Pistons last Friday and cleared the waivers over the weekend. The Nets were the -500 betting favorites to land Griffin at the BetOnline App and the oddsmakers were spot-on on this one:
Updated Blake Griffin Odds
– Brooklyn Nets (-500)
– Los Angeles Lakers +200
– Golden State Warriors (+400)
– Portland Trail Blazers (+600)
– Miami Heat (+800)
– Milwaukee Bucks (+1000)
– Los Angeles Clippers (+1200)
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) March 5, 2021
As the oddsboards show, there were a lot of contenders that were after Griffin’s services. The Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Clippers were also interested in acquiring the six-time All-Star. However, Griffin ultimately decided to join a loaded Nets team that is led by Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden.
Griffin Adds Size and Depth
2021 Brooklyn Nets
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) March 7, 2021
The addition of Griffin adds size to the Nets frontcourt behind DeAndre Jordan. Although the Nets have a seven-footer in Durant, KD is more needed by the team on defense and although he is also a pretty good defender himself, Durant is the not the player that will anchor a Nets defense that is allowing the 4th most points per game in the league this season. Griffin isn’t that player either but his height and heft should provide a more physical presence behind, and even alongside Jordan, if necessary.
Griffin is also a terrific fourth scoring option for the Nets who could use a big scoring punch off the bench with Spencer Dinwiddie on the injured list. Although injuries have taken away the athleticism that has been the trademark of Griffin’s career, he is still a very good offensive player despite averaging just 12.3 points per game this season for the Pistons. Don’t forget that Griffin is just two years removed from an All-Star campaign.
First Time As a Reserve?
Blake Griffin is expected to sign with the Nets.
The six-time All-Star has started each of his 642 career games. Is he likely ticketed for a reserve role for the first [email protected]__Schiffer offers his instant analysis ⤵️https://t.co/9nc2b1qNpR
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) March 7, 2021
Since he was drafted first overall by the L.A. Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft, Griffin has started all of the 642 career regular season games that he has played in. However, he isn’t expected to be a starter in Brooklyn who has Durant and DeAndre Jordan in their starting frontcourt. But given his current situation, that does not appear to be a problem for Griffin.
Before he became a free agent, Griffin agreed five up $13.3M of his contract just to get his freedom. Prior to that, Griffin and the Pistons mutually agreed to put the former Clippers star on the shelf while they worked on a trade or buyout that would enable Griffin to finish his career with a chance of playing for the NBA title. Griffin gets his wish with the Nets who are second in the oddsboards of the best NBA betting sites to win the 2021 NBA championship.