Blake Griffin’s popularity in the NBA trade rumors department during the offseason is almost as popular as his powerful, high-flying dunks. New speculations emerge that he may be traded or move to the Oklahoma City Thunder team side by side with Russell Westbrook.
Blake Griffin is going to be a hot commodity when the 2017 free agency hits.
One of the other teams that will be expected to pursue him is the Miami Heat, as they are currently rebuilding its structure after losing superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade successively.
With Chris Bosh on the sidelines due to health problems, and the possibility that he may be medically retired by September if medical exams don’t turn out on a positive note, the Heat would need a star forward like Blake Griffin.
Having played inconsistently with the Clippers due to injuries and suspensions from extracurricular concerns may push Griffin off the team. But more noteworthy are alleged tensions building between him and Chris Paul.
In spite of his past problems and concerns with the Clippers, Doc Rivers may do whatever he can within his power to keep Blake from leaving. The latter is among the strongest players in the team and at only 27 years of age he hasn’t hit his peak yet.
He’d be a wise investment for any team, and having grown up in Oklahoma might be a preference for the power forward once he becomes a free agent.
Russell Westbrook and the Thunder would surely benefit from his services with Kevin Durant now in the Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
The Thunder has a solid roster with Steve Adams, Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter, but that line up would be hardly enough against a super-team led by Durant and Curry, which is now a new standard for league domination.
Griffin averaged 21. 4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game despite playing for only 35 games. This could significantly rise considering that he’d literally feel at home in Oklahoma with supportive teammates.
Is there a chance Blake Griffin would end up in Oklahoma next? According to a report by Hoopshabit, Russel Westbrook’s role may step up and come into play stating:
“For now, this is Westbrook’s chance to become a recruiter, a gatherer, and bringing back Griffin could make these Thunder a legitimate threat to Golden State in the Western Conference.”
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