Former NBA All-Star Blake Griffin was an absolute superstar with the LA Clippers. However, ever since getting traded to the Detroit Pistons, Blake Griffin hasn’t been as effective on the court and has almost been forgotten about by the media and fans. Well, the Pistons and Griffin recently agreed to a contract buyout, and several teams are now rumored to have an interest in him, including the reigning champion LA Lakers. However, one Lakers player is Griffin’s former teammate, and he previously named Griffin as one of his least favorite teammates ever. That player is Jared Dudley.
Jared Dudley said he didn’t like Blake Griffin’s ‘personality and attitude’
Jared Dudley has been in the NBA since 2007-08 and has played for several teams. In 2013-14, though, Dudley played on the LA Clippers, who, led by Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, went 57-25 and reached the Western Conference Semifinals.
Several years later, Dudley took part in an interview with The Athletic, and he received the question: “Who’s your least favorite teammate ever?”
“Least favorite teammate. Wow. I don’t get along with Blake Griffin now,” he said, per The Athletic. “When I was with him I didn’t have a bad relationship with him. That team was the most toxic team. It was weird because it was a bipolar type team. We were somewhat cool off the floor; we weren’t cool on the floor.”
He continued: “I just don’t like his personality and attitude. I think he’s a great basketball player and I think you can differentiate the two. It’s easy to be the greatest teammate when you’re winning. How about when you’re losing? How about when you’re down 20? And that’s the biggest thing with that team. It was the biggest front-running team. You’re up 20, everything’s good, throwing lobs. Down 20, people want to fight, bickering. I don’t want to say (Griffin is) my least favorite. That’s a (former) teammate right now that I don’t talk (to), don’t get along (with), words aren’t exchanged on the court, yada yada.”
OK, so he said that he didn’t want to call Griffin his least favorite. He essentially did, though. Things could now potentially get awkward for both Blake Griffin and Jared Dudley.
The Detroit Pistons and Blake Griffin have agreed to a contract buyout
Blake Griffin played for the LA Clippers from 2009-10 until 2017-18, and he was a star. He averaged over 20 points per game in all but one season, earned the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year award (he was injured in his true rookie season in 2009-10), and earned five All-Star selections. Blake Griffin’s best season came in 2013-14 when he averaged 24.1 points per game and 9.5 rebounds, but he averaged as many as 12.1 rebounds in 2010-11.
The Clippers had a lot of success with Blake Griffin, too, as they made the playoffs in six consecutive seasons. However, in 2017-18, the Clippers traded him to the Detroit Pistons.
Griffin played well in 2017-18 for the Pistons and then had an All-Star season in 2018-19, as he averaged 24.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. He only played in 18 games in 2019-20, though, and in 2020-21, he has struggled. Griffin is averaging a career-low 12.3 points to only go with 5.2 rebounds. He is also only shooting 36.5% from the field.
This has since led to the Pistons and Griffin agreeing to a contract buyout, as he will become an unrestricted free agent, per ESPN.
The Lakers are reportedly interested in Blake Griffin
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Lakers, Nets, Clippers, Heat, and Warriors are all interested in signing Blake Griffin.
This means that he could potentially reunite with Jared Dudley, who has played on the Lakers since the 2019-20 season.
Griffin, though, could potentially help the reigning champions significantly. Anthony Davis is currently injured, so they could use Griffin’s presence in the paint. Once Davis returns, though, Griffin could then become yet another weapon that can score and give LA a boost when needed. LeBron James typically knows how to get the best out of his teammates, too.
So, no, Griffin won’t score 20-plus points a night like he used to, but he could become an extremely valuable piece to a championship-contending team.
Blake Griffin and the Lakers could potentially be a perfect match. He would have to get past the awkwardness with former teammate Jared Dudley, though.
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