By ADRIAN STEWART CO
Brooklyn Nets have strengthened its roster further ahead of the second half of the 2020-2021 NBA season after coming to terms with veteran forward Blake Griffin following his release from Detroit Pistons.
Nets General Manager Sean Marks confirmed the signing of Griffin to the squad for the rest of the season on Monday (Tuesday in the Philippines). The six-time All-Star will earn $1.2M for the remainder of the season with Brooklyn.
“We’re fortunate to be able to add a player of Blake’s caliber to our roster at this point in the season,” Marks said in a statement posted at NBA.com.
“Blake is a versatile frontcourt player with long track record of success in our league, and we’re excited about the impact he’ll make for us both on and off the court in Brooklyn,” he added.
Nets head coach Steve Nash, meanwhile, envisioned the 6-foot-11 Griffin as a small-ball center for the team that is led by many-time NBA All-Stars Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
Apart from joining the talented Nets roster, the 32-year-old Griffin will also reunite withf former Los Angeles Clippers frontline partner DeAndre Jordan and with ex-Pistons guard Bruce Brown.
In his career, Griffin has averages of 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 642 games. He spent his first 7 1/2 seasons with the Clippers and parts of the last four campaigns with Detroit.
This season, Griffin had a career-low season with the Pistons as he only appeared in 20 matches and posted averages of 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 31.3 minutes./ASC, WDJ