Pistons’ Blake Griffin out indefinitely after knee surgery


The 30-year-old Griffin was an All-Star last season for the sixth time

Detroit Pistons' Blake Griffin

In this March 22, 2018, file photo, Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin reacts after a foul call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Houston. The Pistons say star forward Blake Griffin has a bone bruise on his right ankle and will be evaluated again in a week. Griffin was scratched from Thursday night’s win over Washington and had an MRI that night. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin is out indefinitely after having surgery on his left knee.

The Pistons announced Tuesday that Griffin will have an extended rehabilitation period with no timetable for his return.

The 30-year-old Griffin was an All-Star last season for the sixth time. He has played in just 18 games this season and is averaging a career-low 15.5 points and a career-low 4.7 rebounds per game.

Nearly two years ago, despite Griffin’s injury history, Detroit dealt a first-round pick and players to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a trade that hasn’t worked out well for the Pistons.

The Pistons won’t want to rush Griffin back in part because they are mired in another rebuilding season and making the playoffs seems unlikely.

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