Don't expect Blake Griffin in DC, but he may land with a rival


Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons agreed to part ways on Friday, according to multiple reports, making the six-time All-Star and former number one overall pick a free agent.

Griffin was an All-NBA player as recently as 2019, but he has struggled to stay healthy and efficient consistently in Detroit. Now, he's on the market. But even though the Wizards could use some help in the frontcourt, don't expect them to be a contender in these sweepstakes.

Griffin already has interest from several of the league's top playoff contenders, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, with the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers among the candidates vying for his services.

But according to The Athletic's Shams Charania, one of those teams stands out among the rest.

The Nets were speculated by fans to be the favorites to add Griffin all along, and now the reporting supports that theory. The Nets would provide Griffin with a strong chance at a championship ring, as one of the Finals favorites at this point in the season.

Griffin is averaging 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season. He has worked to improve his range during the latter half of his career, but he is shooting just 31.5% from three-point range so far this season.

If Griffin does finalize a deal with Brooklyn, the Wizards may end up having to contend with him. Washington is trying to fight its way back into the playoff picture, and if the Wizards do manage to play their way into one of the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, there's a decent chance they would match up with the Nets in the opening round.