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2021 NBA free agency: Blake Griffin agrees to return to Nets on one-year deal, per agent

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Blake Griffin is re-signing with the Brooklyn Nets on a one-year deal, his agent tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Griffin first joined the Nets in the middle of last season after receiving a buyout from the Detroit Pistons. Griffin reportedly gave up over $13 million to get out of Detroit and find his way to a contender in Brooklyn. Now that he’s there, it always appeared unlikely that he would leave. 

Griffin played well upon arriving in Brooklyn. His scoring dropped to a career-low 10 points per game, but his field goal percentage jumped from 36.5 percent to 49.2 percent. His 3-point percentage experienced a similar jump, as he hit only 31.5 percent in Detroit but made 38.3 percent with the Nets. Griffin played a key role in defending Giannis Antetokounmpo in the second round as his Nets lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, who eventually went on to win the championship.

The Nets had limited financial flexibility this offseason because of the three extremely expensive veterans that make up the core of their roster. One of the fringe benefits of having Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving on your roster is that veterans tend to be willing to sacrifice financially to play with them. Griffin is doing just that. After making max money in Los Angeles and Detroit, it appears as though he will be staying in Brooklyn for the minimum. That is what the Nets paid him last season. 

At this stage in his career, Griffin has already earned hundreds of millions of dollars and earned pretty much every individual accolade he could hope for. It seems as if his goal is to win a championship for the first time in his career, and with the Nets, he’ll have a great chance to do just that next season. 



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