Free agent forward Blake Griffin has agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets for the rest of the season, his agent Sam Goldfeder of @excelbasketball tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 8, 2021
Portland had been named by Wojnarowski as an expected candidate to sign Griffin following his buyout agreement with Detroit, along with the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat.
Shams Charania of The Athletic initially reported the Brooklyn Nets were viewed around the league as the favorites to sign Griffin.
The Brooklyn Nets are believed to be leaders to sign six-time All-Star Blake Griffin, sources tell me and @JLEdwardsIII. Rival teams with interest are expecting Griffin to choose Nets as a title favorite for chance to win a championship.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 5, 2021
Griffin gave back $13.3 million of his remaining $75 million in the buyout agreement, according to Charania.
This season, Griffin holds averages of 12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists while shooting 29.3% on jump shots, a respectable 33% on threes and 34.6% on catch-and-shoot three-pointers.
Would Griffin signing with Portland had even been worth it though? There are two trains of thought within Rip City: He’s a former All-Star who can thrive in a reduced role Portland can offer or he’s an awkward fit for Portland who won’t play him in the postseason anyway.
Two of our writers at NBC Sports Northwest gave their respective takes.
Guess we will never know who is correct.