The Los Angeles Lakers have a good chance of signing Blake Griffin in 2017. If the high-leaping power forward has a falling out with the Los Angeles Clippers this upcoming season, a jersey switch might be in order.
Griffin is on the last guaranteed year of his contract. He can opt out of his player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Gil Alcaraz of Hoops Habit stated that Griffin signing with the Lakers isn’t entirely impossible. The team currently has Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. However, both are not in the same league as Griffin, at least at this stage of their careers.
Randle’s ceiling is unclear. He may blossom into a max contract-type player someday or remain a decent role player for the rest of his NBA career. On the other hand, Nance Jr. has insane leaping ability, but widely-viewed around the league as a one-dimensional player.
With Kobe Bryant gone, the Lakers are badly in need of a franchise cornerstone on the roster. the team’s crop of young, talented players are still years away from developing into a winning and cohesive unit.
In Griffin, they would get a seasoned all-star who is eager to prove he can lead a team deep into the playoffs. Of course, he would require a solid supporting cast, but those players will be easy to come by once the first piece of the puzzle is secured.
Alcaraz added that joining the Lakers won’t be a significant culture change for Griffin. Only the color scheme of his jersey will change. He would need more adjustment period if he decided to join the Oklahoma City Thunder or the Boston Celtics. Both teams are said to be closely monitoring Griffin’s health.
Rumor has it, Griffin would have already been traded by now had it not been for his questionable leg. He suffered a partial quadricep tear in late 2015. Potential trade partners have since been hesitant to acquire him, Clipper Holics reported.