Nearly two weeks after signing with the Nets following a buyout with the Pistons, Blake Griffin will likely play his first game with his new team on Sunday, tweets Malika Andrews of ESPN. Brooklyn’s injury report lists Griffin as probable for tomorrow night’s game with the Wizards.
Griffin decided to join the Nets immediately after clearing waivers, but has been held out of the lineup for conditioning purposes. He hasn’t played since February 12, as Detroit kept him sidelined while trying to work out a trade. Brooklyn coach Steve Nash told reporters Friday that Griffin was close to being ready to play.
The 32-year-old forward appeared in 20 games this season for the Pistons and is averaging a career-low 12.3 points per game while shooting 36.5% from the field and 31.5% from three-point range. He played just 18 games last season before having surgery on his left knee.
Griffin talked about changing teams during an appearance Friday on “People (the TV Show!),” according to a Yahoo Entertainment story. He was promoting a new show, but the conversation also touched on basketball.
“It’s time for a change and I’m looking forward to it,” Griffin said. “It’s been great so far, and honestly I’m just looking forward to getting out there and competing and playing basketball.”