NBA TRADE RUMORS: Blake Griffin To The Denver Nuggets?
The All-Star Weekend is the NBA equivalent of a Las Vegas convention where everyone gets a comped flight and hotel room to go pretend to do work while they rack up painful hangovers on the company credit card. Then it ends and shit gets real really quickly because the trade deadline puts nearly everyone in the league at risk of having to move to a new place and work for an entirely new company for at least the next four months. This season, what with 30 teams so clearly out of title contention 52 games in, it seems like there's a legitimate possibility that one or more blockbuster trades get done as general managers either try to beef up their rosters to compete with the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors, or simply throw in the towel and blow up their rosters to accumulate prospects for a shot at a ring down the road.
Most of the trade rumors are bullshit -- we all know this -- but the interest in shaking things up is very real.
According to ESPN's Chris "My Sources Tell Me" Broussard, one of those trades being floated includes Blake Griffin, whom the Clippers are actively looking to exchange for depth.
the clippers will tell you that everyone's calling them, 'hey, is blake available.' i've been told the clippers called denver and offered blake griffin and lance stephenson for danilo gallinari, kenneth faried, will barton and Nikola Jokic. blake will be a free agent next season and they turned it down and they like those young kids and Jokic they really loved. i talked to doc rivers and he adamantly denied it but of course you don't know who necessarily is telling the truth. he denied it and said, 'blake griffin is going to be with us. all these rumors out here, don't believe them, he'll be with the clippers past thursday.'
Whether the injured Griffin indeed gets dealt for a cluster of quasi-All-Stars or not, the sheer notion that GM Dave Wohl is shopping him makes it clear that the 26-year-old superstar's future in Los Angeles is far from certain. It also can't make Griffin too happy, either, which makes it all the more likely he'll be open to (or possibly eager to) play somewhere else.
I'm still listening for chatter on how interested the Clippers are in adding that wing-scoring void they've desperately tried to fill with B- small forwards for the last four seasons by swapping Blake for Carmelo Anthony, but for now, all we know is that Doc Rivers doesn't think Griffin will be traded this season and Melo doesn't want to waive his no-trade clause. Still, you've got to figure that at his age (31), the chance to play in the playoffs (the Knicks are 12th in the Eastern Conference right now) with his best friend (Chris Paul) in L.A. (somewhere his wife can still bask in the limelight) looks enticing.
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