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Trail Blazers reportedly among candidates to land Blake Griffin after buy out

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Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons officially agreed to a buyout on Friday morning. That will make the six-time All-Star an unrestricted free agent with the ability to sign anywhere.

And apparently, the Portland Trail Blazers are on the shortlist of the teams in pursuit of Griffin.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, there are four teams that are expected to be in play for Griffin's services. They are the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and the Trail Blazers.

And per Wojnarowski, it seems likely that Griffin will take some time to decide on his new team. 

Griffin, 31, is expected to make a decision on his next team after conversations with prospective teams, sources said.

Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN

With the NBA now at the All-Star Break, it makes sense for Griffin to meet with the respective candidates and take his time to make the right decision.

Griffin would fill a need for the Blazers, who are thin in the frontcourt with both Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) and Harry Giles (calf) out. The 6-foot-9 Griffin would be able to play some as a power forward and some as a small-ball center, and the available playing time in Portland could appeal to him.

So far this year, Griffin is averaging 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. He is only shooting 36.5 percent from the field, but perhaps playing with a better supporting cast that will allow him to find space more easily, he will have a chance to round back into form if he lands with the Blazers.

The Blazers had success on the buyout market in 2019, when Enes Kanter joined the team and averaged 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for the team down the stretch. Perhaps Griffin could be the next big man to revitalize his career under Terry Stotts' watch.