The Boston Celtics are reportedly targeting Blake Griffin in a trade before the NBA season begins although Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has said that the power forward is not available. According to the latest NBA rumors, if the Celtics are not successful in acquiring Griffin this year, they will go after the athletic forward in 2017 free agency.
Hoops Habit lists 5 targets for the Boston Celtics in 2017 free agency and this includes the Clippers power forward. Other players that should be in the Celtics’ radar next summer are Shaun Livingston (Golden State Warriors), Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls), Andre Roberson (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies).
“Although Doc Rivers has made it clear Los Angeles isn’t interested in parting ways, but that doesn’t mean Griffin couldn’t be persuaded to sign elsewhere when he inevitably opts out of his deal next offseason,” Gil Alcaraz wrote in the article.
There are NBA rumors that the Celtics want Blake Griffin already before the new NBA season starts. Boston has lots of young guys and future picks to offer to Los Angeles but the Clippers may want to stick with Griffin because they are still one of the contenders in the Western Conference.
Rivers, who is also the general manager of the team, had stated in a recent interview that they are worried when 2017 offseason arrives because Griffin and Chris Paul can hit free agency. Rivers also said that DeAndre Jordan has already turned into a “superstar” for the team and this led to speculations that the Clippers are fine even if both Griffin and Paul leaves in 2017 free agency.
Rivers could also be worried that the Clippers will the same fate as the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost superstar Kevin Durant to free agency for nothing. If the Clippers struggle early in the 2016-2017 regular season, Rivers, the general manager, might start considering trading Blake Griffin or Chris Paul so that they won’t lose them for nothing like the Thunder.
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