Report: Celtics interested in Blake Griffin
The Celtics are lurking in the shadows of any and every major free agent possibility this summer. And the Clippers — a team that could very well lose Chris Paul, J.J. Reddick, and Blake Griffin this summer — can almost sense Celtics president Danny Ainge’s presence looming over their players, too.
Specifically when it comes to the 6-foot-10 Griffin’s future.
“I think the Clippers may think this too, Boston is really the danger for Blake Griffin,” Adrian Wojnarowski reported on the Vertical podcast on Wednesday. “Boston’s two primary free agent targets right now are Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. They’re not gonna get both of them. But they’re both players who would potentially have interest there, and who Boston looks at in different ways with their future.”
The 28-year-old Griffin, who averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in 61 games for the Clippers this year, can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, where he could make $175 million on a five-year max deal from the Clips or $130 million on a four-year max deal from another team.
But it goes beyond just the money for the five-time All-Star, as his most recent trip to Boston came with a glimpse of what his future could hold should he come to the C’s in pursuit of the franchise’s 18th NBA title.
“The one thing to know about Blake Griffin is he was there when Paul Pierce came in with the Clippers for his last game in Boston, Blake was obviously there with the team,” Wojnarowski said. “He saw how Boston reacted to Pierce and what it means to have been a great player in Boston.
“Blake doesn’t have enough left in his career to be beloved and be the all-time that Paul Pierce was, but it does give you a sense, and I know it did give Blake a sense. It did not go unnoticed with him about how that building and that city and the way they loved Paul. I’m sure Paul being around the last couple of years with him, I’m sure they’ve discussed it. But they’re certainly a threat, too, in this.”
Injuries, however, could give Ainge and the C’s cause for concern, as Griffin has missed 81 games (regular season and playoffs) since the start of the 2015 season, including the final four games of LA’s first-round loss to the Jazz in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
Still, a veteran of 471 NBA games and with 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest averages in his career, Griffin would certainly fit in as the Celtics’ much needed big man on the glass.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog