It has been tough several days for the Los Angeles Clippers following season-ending injuries to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Clippers may explore trading Griffin this offseason and there are three possible teams that can pull off a deal.
There is no concrete proof that the Clippers will try to trade their five-time All-Star power forward next season, but he has been involved in trade talks this past deadline. Griffin is one of the best players in the league when his healthy but he has been plagued by injuries the past couple of seasons.
He also has one year remaining on his contract before he enters free agency. It is a very interesting scenario for the Clippers since they have a whole offseason to figure out their next plan. They are just a game away from exiting the playoffs following a 108-98 loss in Game 5 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Michael Pina of FOX Sports suggested three trade scenarios for the Clippers to explore this offseason. The first is trading Griffin to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins and Nikola Pekovic.
The second scenario is the Clippers receiving Avery Bradley, Amir Johnson and first two-round picks from the Boston Celtics. The last one is a Blake Griffin-Carmelo Anthony swap with the New York Knicks.
It doesn’t make sense for the Timberwolves since Wiggins is one of their core players along with Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns. However, they have a high draft pick this year that could be used as an asset for any other possible trade discussions.
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Bleacher Report noted that Boston inquired about Griffin’s availability this deadline. The team has looked for a star and they have the draft picks and young players to lure him away in Los Angeles. However, the Celtics would need to make sure that he will sign a long-term extension with them.
On the other hand, it is possible to see the Knicks and Clippers pull the trade but Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract. Nonetheless, he has the opportunity to play with his good friend Chris Paul if a trade to Los Angeles happens.
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