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Pistons: Blake Griffin undergoes knee surgery, facing ‘extended rehabilitation period’

Blake Griffin

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 26: Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons high-fives fans after a game against the Washington Wizards on December 26, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Blake Griffin was reportedly considering season-ending surgery.

He went under the knife.

Pistons release:

The Detroit Pistons announced today that forward Blake Griffin underwent a successful arthroscopic debridement of his left knee.

Griffin will undergo an extended rehabilitation period and there is no timetable set for his return.

This won’t necessarily end Griffin’s season. The Pistons’ announcement is vague. But, given the prior reporting, “extended rehabilitation period” sure sounds like a season-ender.

Especially considering Detroit will likely fall even further in the playoff race now.

The Pistons are just 13-24, including 5-14 without Griffin. They could trade their second-best player, Andre Drummond. This is shaping up to be a lost season. There’s no sense rushing back Griffin.

Detroit surely hopes this surgery will help Griffin beyond this year. The 30-year-old is still due $75,768,024 over the next two seasons.

But Griffin has a history of knee issues. That’s part of the reason the Clippers traded him. This might mean the end of Griffin as we knew him.

On the other hand, I suspected Griffin was past his star days when the Pistons acquired him, and he was awesome last year. Griffin is a smart, talented player. He might find a way to continue flourishing on the court.

His first chance probably coming next season.