Nets considered favorites to land Blake Griffin

Pistons forward Blake Griffin. - USA Today images

The Brooklyn Nets are widely considered the favorite to land power forward Blake Griffin, according to Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic.

Griffin, 31, agreed to a contract buyout with the Detroit Pistons on Friday after nearly a month of being held out. He now becomes an unrestricted free agent.

“Rival teams with interest are expecting Griffin to choose Nets as a title favorite for chance to win a championship,” Charania reported.

With Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden already on the roster, Griffin may eliminate the Nets’ need for a veteran inside presence. They have also been linked to Cleveland Cavaliers centers Andre Drummond and JaVale McGee in recent weeks. Drummond is currently awaiting a trade or buyout of his own.

Griffin is averaging a career-low 12.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20 games with the Pistons this season. Injuries have clearly robbed the six-time All-Star of some of his explosiveness, but there is little doubt he could still help a team with championship aspirations.

The Nets (24-13) currently own the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, just a half game behind the Philadelphia 76ers entering the All-Star break.

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of FortyEight Minutes. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for OutKick, Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and NBA.com.

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