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LeBron James says it's 'unfortunate' Blake Griffin was traded to Detroit Pistons

LeBron James said he was shocked when he woke up from a nap Monday to learn that the Los Angeles Clippers had traded Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.


Brittany King


It appears everyone on and off the court is shocked by the Los Angeles Clippers recent announcement: trading Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons. 

 

LeBron James said he was taken aback after waking up from a nap Monday to learn that the Los Angeles Clippers had traded Griffin to the Pistons. Speaking with media before his game on Tuesday, James discussed the blockbuster move. 

 

"He spent his last nine years there," James said Tuesday, hours before the Cavs play the Pistons. "He signed a multi-year deal there this summer, so that's unfortunate."

I was like, a little bit in shock when I first saw it.

LeBron James
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"But that's the business side of it. It's both sides. It works both sides, though. It's the business," he added. "I was like, a little bit in shock when I first saw it."

 

James also added his two cents about a player of Griffins magnitude leaving a team. "When a player gets traded, it's they was doing what's best for the franchise," he said. "But when a player decides to leave, it's, 'He's not loyal. He's a snake. He's not committed.' It's just, that's the narrative of how it goes. So I'm definitely [aware]. I know that firsthand."

 

Griffin will not play against the Cavs on Tuesday night.

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