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Blake Griffin on Trade to Detroit: ‘Shocked is a good way to put it’

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New Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin admitted Wednesday that, like the rest of the basketball world, he was surprised to be traded from the LA Clippers on Monday.

“Shocked is a good way to put it,” Griffin said during his introductory news conference at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

He is expected to make his debut on Thursday when the Memphis Grizzlies visit Detroit.

Now that Griffin has come to grips with his new basketball reality, he is excited to get the chance to help lay a foundation for his new team. But after signing a max extension with the Clippers over the summer, he acknowledges that it was tough to find out that he was moving on from the only professional organization he ever has known.

“Basketball is a business, the NBA is a business, and they made a decision,” Griffin told ESPN. “The only thing I just wish I had known or had the opportunity to talk to somebody beforehand. Finding out through Twitter, through other people is a tough way to find out when you’ve been with a franchise for so long. But at the end of the day, basketball is a business, and I want to play where a team wants me. And that’s why I’m excited about being here.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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Sources: Jimmy Butler Expected to Play in Season Opener

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Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler practiced again Sunday and is expected to play in season opener in San Antonio on Wednesday. Heat/Timberwolves talks have been dead, for now, league sources said.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Bulls Claim Tyler Ulis Off Waivers

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League sources: the Bulls have placed a waiver claim on guard Tyler Ulis. Ulis spent training camp with the Warriors and was released this week. Former Kentucky star was a local standout at Marian Catholic HS.

Source: Jeremy Woo on Twitter

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Report: Pelicans Waive Jarrett Jack

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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived forward Garlon Green and guard Jarrett Jack.

Green, who was originally signed on July 24 after playing on the Pelicans’ summer league team in Las Vegas, appeared in four preseason games, averaging 4.0 points and 1.5 rebounds. Jack, who signed with New Orleans on September 19, appeared in three preseason games, averaging 3.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.0 rebounds.

New Orleans’s roster currently stands at 16, including one two-way player (Trevon Bluiett).

Source: New Orleans Pelicans

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