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Griffin Says He Whiffed As Free Agent Recruiter For Pistons: "I Was 0-3 This Year"

It's not exactly the easiest task.

July 22, 2019 - 5:24 pm

As expected, the Pistons were relatively quiet during the NBA's typical free agency frenzy this summer -- despite the efforts of Blake Griffin to lure a few players to Detroit. 

Asked if he made any calls to free agents, Griffin said each of his three recruiting attempts failed. 

"I did a few calls, a few texts, a few reach-outs. I think I was 0-3 this year," Griffin told Barstool Sports' podcast Pardon My Take

In one case, said Griffin, he reached out to a player, only to learn almost immediately thereafter that the player decided to sign somewhere else.

"I was like, alright, well, that was bad timing," he said with a laugh. 

The free agent in question? Jeff Green. 

"I texted him and literally, like, 30 minutes later, it was like, Jeff Green has signed with the Utah Jazz," said Griffin. 

Green, who was teammates with Griffin for a short stint on the Clippers, inked a one-year, $2.5 million contract with Utah. The veteran averaged 12.3 points last season with the Wizards. 

With very little cap flexibility, the Pistons knew they wouldn't be major players in free agency. They wound up signing Derrick Rose, Markieff Morris and Tim Frazier, investing the bulk of their money in Rose. He agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal.

Meanwhile, stars across the NBA changed teams and cashed in. It was another free agency period that altered the landscape of the league, namely by spreading out the talent. 

For the first time in a few years, there doesn't appear to be a clear-cut favorite heading into next season. 

"I actually think it’s great for basketball, the parity in basketball now," Griffin said. "I think Golden State would have won this year if they were healthy, no question. I don’t think you can really go into the season this year being like, 'This team is going to win and the odds are stacked.' It’s going to be good for basketball." 

And for the second straight season in Detroit, Griffin will do all he can with what he's got.