Pistons recruit Griffin takes shot at Clippers: This is a place that wants me
Blake Griffin reiterated he was shocked by his trade, and he repeatedly said Wednesday he is happy to be with a team that wants him.
Blake Griffin delivered a final parting shot at the Los Angeles Clippers following his trade to the Detroit Pistons by saying "this is a place that wants me".
Griffin was sensationally dealt to the Pistons on Monday and the star NBA forward was "shocked" to hear of the trade.
And the effects of Griffin's surprise were clear in his responses during Wednesday's introductory news conference in Detroit.
"I want to play for an organisation that wants me to play there and clearly this was an organisation that wanted me to play here," Griffin said.
"Being stuck in a no-trade clause, it was something that was brought up but it wasn't something that we actually went about obviously, so this is where I want to be, this is a place that wants me and that's the type of organisation I want to play for."
Griffin signed a five-year, $171million deal before the season with the Clippers, who then surprisingly traded the five-time All-Star.
"I'm excited about a new opportunity," Griffin said. "Just to be able to sit with everybody in the organisation so far, their excitement as well is re-energising, and like I said, everybody so far has been unbelievably positive and unbelievably helpful and that's always nice when you make a change like this, it's always nice to have people that have your back like that."
The 28-year-old was not told he was even being considered as a trade chip by the Clippers. He had to find out through social media.
"Finding out through Twitter, through other people, is a tough way to find out," Griffin told ESPN.
Griffin was the number one overall pick in 2009. He knows no other organisation than the Clippers. He went from a player who never shot the ball to one who shot better than 34 per cent from three-point range.
He had been committed to the Clippers long-term but is excited about a new opportunity and the potential for what his new team can be rather than being somewhere that may be going nowhere.
"I wouldn't want to be stuck in a place that it wasn't working," he said.