The Boston Celtics became the center of trade rumors involving Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin. However, there are rumors that the Celtics GM Danny Ainge and front office members decided to pull out the trade for several reasons.
Keith Smith of RealGM revealed that the supposed trade deal will involve the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Blake Griffin goes to Celtics, Kings will get Jae Crowder and the Clippers will acquire Rudy Gay. The trade deal will also be involving two first-round picks that the Boston Celtics own from the Brooklyn Nets.
However, it seems like the Boston Celtics are not ready to throw their future first round picks. According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, there were opposing front office members that do not want to give up either Brooklyn picks Boston can own in the next two years.
Also, the attitude of Blake Griffin could be a major factor on why the Boston Celtics will not pursue the trade. Nolan Connor of Celtics Life reported that Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck does not want a player with off-court issues on his team. There are speculations that Blake Griffin could be the player that he is referring to.
Another thing that concerns the Boston Celtics is Blake Griffin’s leg injury. Recalling in the past season, the Clippers superstar suffered a torn left quad tendon forcing him to be out of the team in most games.
“I still think there’s a concern with his leg,” Celtics’ opposing team exec said, referring to a partially torn left quad tendon that cost Griffin serious time last season and never fully healed before causing him to miss the end of the playoffs. He reportedly received a bone marrow injection following the season, which is keeping him off the U.S. Olympic team.
“We looked into him, and we’re hearing that’s a pretty serious thing,” the source continued. “I’m not saying you don’t go after him, but you’d better be really sure about that leg before you go making any big commitments.”
The Boston Celtics are looking for a superstar as preparation not only for the next season but as part of a long-term plan. It will be quite risky to trade their prized assets for a superstar who has a recurring injury. There are rumors that the Celtics are reviving the trade deal with Jahlil Okafor. However, the trade details are yet to be revealed.