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Just like now, we had a huge advantage of an owner (Dan Gilbert) willing to take on money to help add assets and draft picks," said Griffin. Griffin pointed out the trade bringing Baron Davis and adding $14 million to the payroll also produced a first-round draft pick from the L.A. Clippers. As Griffin said, Gilbert was willing to trust Grant to make bold moves to pile up draft picks and lottery ping-pong balls. Just as Griffin traded for Love while he was general manager, he made a 2015 draft-day deal to acquire the rights to Osman who was playing in Turkey.