Report: Pistons expected to buy out Blake Griffin

Unable to broker a trade, the Detroit Pistons are now expected to buy out Blake Griffin, The Athletic reported Thursday.

The Pistons have been shopping their fading star ahead of the March 25 trade deadline. Griffin, 31, hasn’t played since Feb. 12 as the sides mutually agreed to part.

He has averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 31.3 minutes in 20 starts this season.

But Griffin is owed $36.6 million for the remainder of this season and has a $39 million player option for next season. He signed a five-year, $171 million max deal in July 2017 with the Los Angeles Clippers, who traded him to the Pistons in January 2018.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Griffin has career averages of 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 642 games with the Clippers and Pistons.

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