Pistons GM plans to keep Griffin, Rose

Blake Griffin is part of the future in Detroit, new Pistons general manager Troy Weaver explained.Weaver, hired after a dozen years with the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise, witnessed what a motivated 30-something All-Star can do for a team during the current campaign. After acquiring high-priced 34-year-old point guard Chris Paul from the Houston Rockets, the Thunder were thought to be in the midst of a long and painful rebuilding campaign. Instead, they’re in the thick of the playoff chase as the NBA season is set to resume.The Pistons are not part of the 2019-2020 season restart after posting a 20-46 record before the season was paused due to the coronavirus. Detroit is likely to land a draft pick in the top half of the lottery.Griffin, 31, played only 18 games in 2019-2020 because of a left knee injury. He’s owed $75.5 million and was rumored to be a trade chip potentially drawing interest from the New York Knicks, among others.”I know he’s anxious to get back and show people what kind of player he is after just playing a few games last year, but as long as Blake is in a Pistons uniform and under contract, I look forward to working with him in helping us restore the Pistons,” Weaver said. “He’s definitely in our plans going forward.”