The Los Angeles Clippers are entering a make or break season with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul about to become free agents next summer. According to the latest rumors, the Clippers may entertain the thought of trading Griffin if they are not one of the best teams in the Western Conference in the first half of the season.
Blake Griffin had a very disappointing season last year when he missed 47 games due to a quadriceps injury, as well as a broken hand. He broke his hand when he got into a fight with the team’s equipment manager while just weeks away from being cleared to return from his quad injury.
In his recent mailbag, Arthur Hill of Hoops Rumors was asked about the fate of Blake Griffin heading into the season. He noted that the Clippers trading the five-time All-Star is a long shot but the team will explore the idea if they are off to a slow start.
“A long shot might be Blake Griffin, who angered Clippers management by breaking his hand in a fight with an equipment manager last season. Griffin has an early termination clause and can become a free agent next summer, so the Clippers may look to make a deal if they aren’t one of the top teams in the West,” Hill answered.
On the other hand, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has insisted in many interviews that they will not be trading Blake Griffin or Chris Paul in the middle of the season. He is also confident that both players will sign new contracts with the team next summer.
Blake Griffin recently wrote a letter to the Clippers fans via The Player’s Tribune saying that he is very sorry for what happened next season. He also said that he is excited to play once again and help the Clippers reach their ultimate goal: win the NBA championship.
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