It wasn’t supposed to be go down quite like this, but Blake Griffin finally gets to play with Kevin Durant.
According to a report from NBA insider Shams Charania of The Athletic, Griffin, the Oklahoma City native and former Oklahoma Sooner, will sign with the Brooklyn Nets, where he will finally get to play with the longtime Oklahoma City Thunder star.
Sooner Nation and a lot of Thunder Fans always pulled for OKC to sign Griffin, who grew up in Oklahoma and played for the Sooners for two seasons from 2007-09 and was the national player of the year in 2009.
Griffin, 31, has played 12 NBA seasons (eight for the Los Angeles Clippers, four for the Detroit Pistons) and has averaged 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
Griffin, a six-time NBA All-Star and the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2009 (he missed all of the 2009-10 season with a knee injury), agreed to a contract buyout with the Pistons and became a free agent on Friday.
There may still be work to do if Griffin is going to actually play with Durant. Both have missed extended time in recent years due to injury. Griffin has been inactive 16 games this season as the Pistons had hoped to find a trade partner for him and his $36.6 million contract. Durant has missed 18 games this season, including the last nine with a hamstring injury.
It was always a pipe dream for Griffin to land with the Thunder, especially when Durant was on the payroll there with Russell Westbrook, James Harden and others.
But being a local product who played high school ball at Oklahoma Christian School, it was always on the wish list of a lot of area basketball fans, particularly Sooner Nation, who reveled in Griffin’s high-flying, almost nightly double-doubles with the Sooners.
Griffin averaged 23.5 points per game for the Pistons in 2018-19 and made his last All-Star Game. Since then, his offensive productivity has dropped to 15.5 points per game last season (he played in just 18 games) and 12.3 points per game this season (20 games).