Mike Valenti: Pistons Trade For Griffin 'Borders On Irresponsible'

(97.1 The Ticket) Pistons fans might be happy about the trade for Blake Griffin because they haven’t had anything to root for lately and the team has long lacked a player that masses of people wanted to get behind.

“I understand that, I’m not going to yell about that,” 97.1 The Ticket host Mike Valenti said, laying out that case for why some might applaud the Griffin trade.

On the other hand,  he said, “what the Pistons have done borders on irresponsible.”

How’s that?

“According to people in the league, there was very little interest about Blake Griffin, and his contract is the big reason,” Valenti said. “Many of you will say ‘Well, we can’t get free agents here, we’ve got to overpay.’ Noted.

“The problem is, you already have a contract on this team that nobody wants to touch — and that’s Andre Drummond. Now you’re requiring a 28-year-old whose athleticism is declining as his salary is increases.”

Griffin’s contract calls for $30 million this year, $32 the year after, $34 million the year following, followed by $37 million the next year. As a 32-year-old, he’ll have a player option for $39 million.

“He’s not the same player he once was,” Valenti said. “Physically, you just don’t match up anymore.”

Griffin is not a superstar, he’s not the player he once was, and his play will only decline from here, Valenti said, summing up his argument.


  1. Valenti is merely bitter because the Blake Griffin trade followed closely upon his declaration that Van Gundy has failed, and needs to be run out of town. Grabbing a superstar like Griffin who can change the fortunes of this team in a huge way, while losing much-lesser players in the deal who were likely to sign elsewhere anyway after this season, is a masterstroke of modern day NBA cap-shuffling. Griffin will help immediately to restore life and purpose to this year’s team, and will attract free agents this coming offseason to set the Pistons up for a big run in the next couple of seasons. This is going to be fun!

    Note: Valenti HATES fun. Almost as much as he hates Detroit and our professional teams. I honestly don’t know what anyone sees in his show, which is well-nigh unlistenable since Terry Foster retired.

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