The Boston Celtics are very close to acquiring Blake Griffin in a three-team trade which also involves Rudy Gay, according to a source. Gay is expected to land with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Real GM’s Keith Smith first tweeted this proposed three-team trade, in which the Sacramento Kings are the third party. The LA Clippers are considered one of the top contenders in the Western Conference.
To clarify my earlier tweet: BOS would get Griffin, LAC would get Gay and SAC would get Crowder. Other pieces also involved.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 11, 2016
Will Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers accept Rudy Gay by losing Griffin?
The Blake Griffin for Rudy Gay trade looks unfair for the side of the Clippers. But that’s the way it is as revealed by the source.
The Clippers trading Blake Griffin to Boston Celtics was a popular idea in the 2015-16 season, when the franchise performed well without the All-Star power forward. Griffin sustained an injury while punching equipment staff Matias Testi, and had to sit out for few months. Many in the franchise thought Griffin’s time with the Clippers should come to an end soon.
Boston has more trade assets than any other franchise in the NBA and are desperately looking to add star power in their roster. So, they are the easiest party to discuss a trade if the Clippers are looking to move their All-Star. But as a player, Griffin is way ahead of Kings’ small forward Rudy Gay in terms of quality. The Clippers will require more assets in addition to Gay before giving a positive nod to such a three-team trade.
As the last season came to an end, Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers clarified that he is not willing to trade any of his team’s Big 3. And the Clippers’ boss is still reluctant to ship the All-Star power forward to Boston at any cost.
LA Clippers are one of title contenders in the West Conference. Even if the Clippers trade their All-Star, they would look for a player of equal caliber to maintain their dominance. It’s unlikely that the franchise will agree to trade Griffin in this three-team trade.
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