Lolo Jones kicked Griffin when he was down.
Lolo Jones kicked Griffin when he was down.

Derailed $170m star was ‘worst date ever’

THE hits keep coming for newly traded NBA star Blake Griffin.

After the Los Angeles Clippers shipped the 2.08m forward to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday (AEDT), Olympian Lolo Jones weighed in on the blockbuster trade by shedding light on their past.

Responding to a post about Griffin on Instagram, Jones shut down a follower who suggested she was into him personally.

"Nah, I went on a date with him," Jones, 35, replied. "Worst date of my life and he's a terrible kisser."

Griffin, 28, who was last linked to supermodel Kendall Jenner, went out with the Olympic hurdler "years ago", sources told TMZ.

The NBA All-Star addressed his new reality on social media.

"Needed a night to digest and reflect on what happened …" Griffin began. "From being a #1 pick, to Lob City, to six straight Playoff appearances, I am so proud to have been part of the success of the Clippers organisation. LA has been my home since I started in the league and I will forever be grateful to the city for embracing me and supporting me."

While some Clippers alumni, Matt Barnes in particular, have lashed out at head coach Doc Rivers, Griffin has taken the high road.

"I'm ready for the next chapter, getting to work and helping the Detroit Pistons make a run in the Eastern Conference," he said.

I can’t believe I went out with that guy.
I can’t believe I went out with that guy.

In exchange for Griffin, Los Angeles will receive forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley, centre Boban Marjanovic and a first and second-round draft pick. The Pistons will also get forwards Brice Johnson and Willie Reed.

By dealing Griffin, the five-time All-Star averaging 22.6 points this season, the Clippers have set the wheels in motion for a rebuild, after trading their other star, Chris Paul, to the Houston Rockets in the off-season. 2017 All-Star DeAndre Jordan could be the next to leave town.

The Clippers are off to a disappointing start, sitting in ninth place in the Western Conference with a 25-24 record.

Griffin gives the Pistons a long-awaited star and a chance at a turnaround after their hot start has dimmed of late, dropping them to ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Griffin was drafted to the Clippers in 2009 as the No. 1 overall pick and signed a $171 million, five-year contract during last year's free agency period. He likely expected to remain in LA for the rest of his career.

His trade caused shockwaves in the NBA.

 

- This story first appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission.

 

Jones added salt to Griffin’s wound.
Jones added salt to Griffin’s wound.

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