1. PF Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin leaving the Nets will not be because his play wasn’t up to par. In fact, he was excellent at times with Brooklyn, giving them the interior finishing and ability to space the floor that they were missing for large chunks of the regular season. He even had some fantastic performances in the postseason, especially against Boston.
If anything, Griffin may have played too well. After signing for the Nets for almost nothing after his horrid season in Detroit, Griffin showed that even while his offensive skills are declining, he can be a quality starter on a playoff team. That could earn him a multi-year deal that prices him out of Brooklyn’s range.
Blake Griffin could get more money than what the Brooklyn Nets will offer him.
Griffin’s ability to attack the rim with some ferocious dunks appeared to return, as did his above-average 3-point shot for a player his size. The Nets, however, need a true center, not a power forward masquerading as one.
The Nets will add another big man at some point, as Nicolas Claxton and the empty husk that was at one point DeAndre Jordan are not going to cut it in the postseason. Griffin’s skillset isn’t what they need right now, but the partnership from last year was mutually beneficial, as it could help Blake get a more lucrative deal elsewhere.