The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade All-Star forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons for a package of players and draft picks, according to multiple reports Monday.
The Clippers will receive guard Avery Bradley, forwards Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic, and first- and second-round draft picks, according to the reports. In exchange, the Pistons will acquire Griffin, forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed.
Griffin, averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 rebounds, is in the first season of a five-year contract valued at more than $170 million after becoming a free agent last summer. The first pick of the 2009 draft has averaged 21.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in an NBA career riddled with injuries.
Harris led Detroit in scoring at 18.1 points in 48 games this season. Bradley has started all of his 40 games for the Pistons, averaging 15 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while Marjanovic is averaging 6.2 points in 19 games, averaging nine minutes per appearance.
–Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall underwent an MRI exam on his ailing left knee and then traveled to Cleveland for further examination.
Wall met with team doctors to discuss the soreness, something that has been troublesome for the five-time All-Star since a November injury. The 27-year-old previously had fluid drained from the knee and has undergone injections in hopes of alleviating the pain. He is expected to miss his second straight game when the Wizards host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
“It’s a concern but we have to trust that the doctors and everybody is going to have the best game plan for him going forward and it’s always about him going forward, not about us going forward,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks told reporters on Monday. “We want to make sure, not only with John but with all our guys that their career is most important. But right now I don’t know how concerned, but we’re definitely concerned that it is bothering him from time to time.”
Wall is averaging 19.4 points in 37 games and ranks second in the NBA in assists (9.3).
–It looks as if the Joakim Noah era in New York may be over, the ending complete with a dramatic scene befitting Broadway.
The seldom-used big man got into a “heated verbal exchange” with Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek at practice last week, and the team is now exploring ways in which to part with the two-time All-Star, Yahoo! Sports reported.
According to the report, the altercation “stopped short of turning physical” but resulted in the team and Noah agreeing he should leave the team. The incident reportedly happened Wednesday, a day after the Knicks’ 123-112 loss at Golden State.
According to multiple reports, the 32-year-old Noah yelled at Hornacek in front of teammates when he was removed from that game in the fourth quarter.
–Field Level Media