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4 Trade Destinations for Blake Griffin After Pistons Horrid Start

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Dwane Casey of the Detroit Pistons talks to Blake Griffin #23 in the second half while playing the Orlando Magic at Little Caesars Arena on November 25, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Orlando Magic v Detroit Pistons | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The 2019-20 season hasn't gone according to plan for Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons. Griffin's scoring, rebounds, and assists are all down from last year. Meanwhile, Dwane Casey is starting to lose control, and the Pistons have won just six of their first 19 games this season. With Griffin still scoring 20 points per game and the Pistons destined for a rebuild, these four teams might be able to supply Detroit with players and picks while they take on the explosive power forward.

4. Portland Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, OREGON - NOVEMBER 27: CJ McCollum #3 and Damian Lillard #0 high five alongside Carmelo Anthony #00 of the Portland Trail Blazers in the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their game at Moda Center on November 27, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Oklahoma City Thunder v Portland Trail Blazers | Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Portland made it to the conference finals last year, but they've been reduced to signing Carmelo Anthony off of the free agent scrap heap just to stay afloat. Their biggest issue remains inside, as Hassan Whiteside's effort can come and go while Zach Collins' injury has put his season on hold. Well, acquiring Griffin would cost a fortune, considering the $34 million he's raking in this year, but if Portland could find deal involving players and draft capital that could match his salary, they should certainly consider pulling the trigger. Unfortunately, Portland doesn't have much financial flexibility.

3. San Antonio Spurs

DALLAS, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 18:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Center on November 18, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs v Dallas Mavericks | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

If there is anyone that would appreciate Griffin's evolving game, it's Gregg Popovich. A Griffin trade would force LaMarcus Aldridge to move to center while Jakob Poeltl moves to the bench, but the two of them together in one frontcourt is the kind of thing Popovich dreams about. Plus, if the Pistons are still suffering from the delusion that they can win now, they might be able to grab the seemingly disgruntled DeMar DeRozan and reunite him with Dwane Casey.

2. Toronto Raptors

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 06: Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse stands amongst his team, (L-R) Fred VanVleet #23, OG Anunoby #3, Pascal Siakam #43, Serge Ibaka #9 and Kyle Lowry #7 as a call is disputed during second half of their NBA game against the Sacramento Kings at Scotiabank Arena on November 6, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
Sacramento Kings v Toronto Raptors | Cole Burston/Getty Images

Would having Griffin, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka be a major logjam in the frontcourt. Yes, without a doubt. Has Masai Ujiri also shown a willingness to say damn the torpedoes and trade anyone he deems fit in order to add a transformative talent that could propel Toronto to a title? Yes. A frontcourt with that much talent could bludgeon Eastern Conference opponents to death, and a Raptors team that has proven they are still serious contenders in the East would add a six-time All-Star that will guarantee them 20 points a night. Come April and May, that addition could pay dividends.

1. Miami Heat

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat poses for a photo with president Pat Riley during his introductory press conference at American Airlines Arena on September 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Miami Heat Introduce Jimmy Butler | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Jimmy Butler joined Miami so he could run the show, and he's responded by leading the Heat to a 12-5 record, but he would certainly welcome a running mate to take some of the pressure off of him, especially when that running mate is a player of Griffin's caliber. Pat Riley is in the business of acquiring stars, and adding Griffin to pair with Bam Adebayo in the Miami frontcourt, alongside a backcourt featuring Butler, Kendrick Nunn, and Tyler Herro would make the Heat instant championship contenders, and set them up nicely for the next few seasons.