Six-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin signed with the Nets on Monday, one day after clearing the Waves and becoming a free agent, the team announced.
The terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are able to add a player of Blake’s caliber to our roster this season,” the team’s general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “Blake is a versatile frontcourt player with a long track record of success in our league, and we are excited about his impact both on and off the court in Brooklyn.”
The deal adds another big name to the stacked Nets team, but it also carries some risks. The 31-year-old Griffin had one of the best years of his career in 2018–19, when he made the All-NBA third team, but his production has dropped significantly since then as a result of injuries. This season, Griffin struggled in 20 games for the Detroit Pistons, averaging 12.3 points and 5.2 pounds on 36.3 percent shooting.
There is also a question of being fit: Griffin’s best attributes are his scoring and passing abilities. He was never known as a defender. The Nets are already the best offensive team Three players in the league who dominate the ball: James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Still, Griffin, if he can remove any of his plays from his All-Star years, would make the Nets even more formidable. The Nets are 24-13 and second in the Eastern Conference behind the Philadelphia 76ers. They have won 10 of their last 11 matches.
Griffin was first drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2009, but missed the 2009–10 season due to a knee injury. He was then known for his high-flying dock and charismatic personality. He made the All-Star team in his first season and helped revive the Clippers. In 2018, after more than seven seasons with the team, the Clippers traded him to the Pistons. This season was Griffin’s fourth in Detroit. The Pistons are rebuilding while Griffin is in the twilight of his career, so both sides went their opposite ways.
Last season, Griffin played only 18 games due to a knee malfunction, and his production (15.5 points, 35.2 percent shooting) was well below his career average (21.4 points, 49.5 percent). This year, however, Griffin appeared to be at least healthy, but that hasn’t translated to on-court production.
One of the most notable moments in Griffin’s career was Dunk on a car At the 2011 Dunk Contest. While now a part of NBA lore, it also underscores a truth about Griffin’s career. He dominated the highlight reels, especially during the regular season, but did not have a playoff success. He has never been on the team that made the conference finals. Connecting with the Nets gives him the best chance of his career.
“Individual awards and these things are fine, and I’m applauding them, but I just want to win,” Griffin Said in january. “Not doing it to make a conference final, yes, it gnaw at me. Not to the point where I’m losing sleep over it. But that’s the main goal – I want to win.