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Hypothetical Blake Griffin-Dubs trade discussed by Simmons, Lowe

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The "hypothetical trade season" in the NBA is out in full force right now, and it's going to continue for several more weeks.

The Warriors are involved in a lot of these proposals, as speculation about what they will do with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft is rampant.

On Monday's edition of "The Lowe Post" podcast, ESPN's Zach Lowe and The Ringer's Bill Simmons busted out the "trade machine" and discussed a plethora of scenarios.

Simmons: "This is my favorite dumb trade I've made up in at least two years: Andrew Wiggins and the No. 2 (pick) -- with (Jordan) Poole to make the contracts work -- to (the) Detroit (Pistons) for Blake Griffin and (the) No. 7 (overall pick).

"If you're Golden State -- his contract is up a year sooner than (Andrew) Wiggins, it's just more expensive -- that's kind of like the home run trade. Plus you're only moving down five spots, so you're still getting somebody you really like at No. 7.

"Rolling the dice on, 'Can you get two healthy years out of Blake?' And if you do, what do you look like defensively and from a ball-movement standpoint if you throw him into the mix?"

Lowe: "Enough people have asked me what I've heard about Blake Griffin and how he's looking, that I think Detroit is gonna have a market for him. I don't think it's gonna be strong, but I think there is still interest in what he can do to help you win."

 

Simmons: "The question is -- did he hurt his knee to the point that he can't come back, or is he actually gonna potentially gonna come back and be 90 percent of what he was two years ago? If that's the case ... I think I would do that if I was the Warriors."

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Griffin's injury history cannot be ignored. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, but missed the entire 2009-10 season because of a left knee injury.

After five fantastic years, he appeared in just 35, 61 and 58 games during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons respectively.

Griffin bounced back in a big way in 2018-19, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists over 75 games, while shooting over 36 percent from 3-point territory. He was an All-Star and named Third-Team All-NBA. But a lingering left knee issue caused him to miss multiple games down the stretch, plus the first two games of the Detroit Pistons' first-round NBA playoff matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Griffin ended up undergoing arthroscopic surgery in late April 2019, which resulted in him missing the first 10 games of the 2019-20 campaign. Unfortunately, after making 18 appearances, the five-time All-NBA selection was shut down in late December, and he underwent season-ending surgery on that left knee.

Griffin will turn 32 years old in March, is scheduled to make about $36.6 million next season and has a $39 million player option in 2021-22 (which he will exercise).

Furthermore, parting ways with Wiggins -- who the Warriors believe will thrive in his new role -- would leave a huge hole on the wing. Golden State is counting on the 25-year-old to become a really good defender, and needs his athleticism and versatility.

Ultimately, don't expect to see this trade come to fruition.

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