Los Angeles Clippers superstar forward Blake Griffin has been linked with trade speculations for the past couple of weeks. According to the latest NBA rumors and one sports writer, Griffin can be acquired by the Toronto Raptors but is he a good fit up North?
The Clippers are in a difficult position regarding Griffin, who can opt out of his contract after next season and become a free agent. They can offer him the most money but there is a big possibility that he may leave Los Angeles.
According to Martin Connolly of Raptors Rupture, Toronto still has a problem at the power forward position despite signing Jared Sullinger to a one-year deal. Even though Sullinger is a good player, he is not a difference maker that will take the Raptors to the next level.
Connolly suggested a trade wherein the Raptors will acquire Griffin from the Clippers in exchange for Patrick Patterson, DeMarre Carroll, Lucas Nogueira and a first-round pick. He mentioned that Carroll fills the Clippers’ hole at the small forward position while Nogueira still has some upside.
Doc Rivers may not be patient to do a rebuild but it should be noted that Chris Paul can also opt out of his contract next season and become a free agent. It means that they only have one season to win the NBA title and it may not be possible as the Golden State Warriors has four All-Stars on their team.
Nevertheless, the Clippers should be thinking about their future as Paul is slowly aging while Griffin has some leg issues that may haunt him long-term. According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, NBA executives are worried about the 27-year-old’s leg and teams should look into it before making a deal.
On the other hand, the Raptors are on the cusp of being elite and acquiring Griffin will make them that. However, they will need to be sure about his leg first and he is willing to stay in Canada for the years to come.
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