With many years in the league, Blake Griffin has solidified himself in the NBA, especially during his time with the LA Clippers. However, it was unclear as to where the team would be headed, thus Griffin ended up being traded away to the Detroit Pistons.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Sports, Griffin talked about how he felt about the trade and when he felt disrespected by his former team.
“I didn’t want the [free agency] pitch anymore than anybody else did. To me it wasn’t about the fake jersey retirement, that’s not when I was like, ‘oh yeah, I’m signing back here.’ It was the best decision at the time for me. At the end of the day, the only thing that I wish happened differently was I wish they had given me the same respect like some teams give to guys when they say, ‘hey, we’re gonna go in a different direction and we want to make this work for everybody.’ I went in and asked somebody in the front office on the day of. It was tip-toed around. [They said] you’ll be the first call, that didn’t happen. I completely understand if a team wants to go in a different direction. I just wish I had been privy to the information before everybody else was.”
Griffin went on to talk about how the team never accomplished anything when he was there. “In sports, that’s how you get measured… If they succeed, they’ll be the ones who really turned the franchise around and actually solidify them as not the same franchise that it was back in the day,” he said.