I spend a lot of time harping on what I feel is poor planning or execution. I will admit Blake Griffin is an elite offensive player and very talented. However with the exception of Tim Duncan winning with a big man as your best player isn't that effective. For it to have any prayer of working that big needs to be elite on both ends like Patrick Ewing or Tim Duncan. Griffin is an average at best defender.
However it gets worse Blake Griffin has played an average of 60 games a season over his career. He has had surgeries on both knees including a torn Meniscus, Broken Kneecap, Loose bodies cleared from both and missed time at the end of last season from knee inflammation.
Griffin is 30 years old playing on two surgically repaired knees how much longer can that last?
On top of the real concern as to whether Griffin has many seasons left. His supporting cast leaves much to be desired.
The Pistons have no one their roster who should be an NBA starter at either wing position. Luke Kennard is promising 2nd year player but other than praying he becomes Reddick 2.0 not much quality of young talent.
Reggie Jackson probably would be backup on over half the teams in the league and has his own injury concerns.
Andre Drummond is an all star caliber center but should not be your 2nd best player.
The FO and Management think they are "close". Close to what exactly?