The Miami Heat used to be the best team in the NBA, but things started to fall apart when its superstar LeBron James left the team for the Cavaliers. This was followed by a Dwyane Wade loss to the Bulls. In a tough transition period, it aims to pursue Blake Griffin when he will become a free agent next year.
Blake Griffin is expected to be a huge draw at the 2017 free agency, and there is no doubt that many teams will actively pursue him with massive contracts.
Among the teams that have expressed their interest are the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and the San Antonio Spurs.
He’s been on the trade rumors for quite some time due to his injuries, and the L.A. Clippers were said to be worried about Griffin’s inconsistencies- health wise. And he’s run into trouble too for a while that has led to suspensions.
The Clippers are worried, too, that they could lose their star forward for nothing when he hits the 2017 free agency period. But Doc Rivers is expected to do all within his power to retain his services with the team.
Doc Rivers has even made it a point to say that he wanted Griffin to spend the rest of his career with them. He has no intention of entertaining trade talks involving Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan either.
However, Pat Riley believes he will be able to convince Blake Griffin to leave L.A. the way he’s made his way with LeBron James from Cleveland. But he’d have to prepare a great package for this deal to push through.
Griffin Griffin averaged 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game last season in spite playing just 35 games all season. Without injuries, these numbers could climb significantly and put the Heat once again in a serious playoff contention.
With Chris Bosh possibly forced into medical retirement if medical exams don’t come out favorably, the Heat is in dire need of a superstar forward like Griffin. He’ll be a great addition offensively and defensively; perhaps he could supplant Chris Bosh as the new face of the team?
Breaking his silence for the first time since losing Dwyane Wade, according to a report by the Sun Sentinel Erik Spoelstra said, “You learn pretty quickly in this league that your roster is going to change, sometimes your staff changes.”
“Just when you get comfortable, it will change. This is a new challenge. We’re embracing the change. We’re excited about the future, excited about the guys we have on our team. You also have to have the right kind of players.”
Could it be that one change the Heat will embrace is the addition of Blake Griffin?
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