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The 2021 NBA buyout market got started with a bang on Friday. As first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Detroit Pistons are expected to eat the remaining year and a half of Blake Griffin’s two-year, $75 million contract, making the 31-year-old an unrestricted free agent.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Celtics are one of six teams who have expressed interest in landing Griffin. Adding Griffin would give the Celtics some much needed depth in the front court, while adding a veteran presence in the locker room.

If Danny Ainge wants to bring the six-time All-Star to Boston, he could end up fighting an uphill battle to do so. Stein mentioned the Brooklyn Nets are “a strong contender” to land Griffin, due to their title odds and Griffin’s “longstanding relationship with players there.” Shams Charania of The Athletic added that the Nets are currently believed to be the favorites to sign Griffin.

While injuries have limited Griffin in recent years, and he’s not the explosive player he used to be, he still has enough left be a contributor to a title contender down the stretch. In 20 games for the Pistons this year, he averaged 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game.

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