After missing out on the Pau Gasol sweepstakes in June, the Toronto Raptors are now reportedly setting their sights on another top-caliber power forward. Word around the league is that the Raptors are targeting Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin.
Griffin has a player option in 2017. He is expected to opt out of his contract to sign up for more money in his next deal. The Clippers would be wise to trade him now instead of letting him walk for nothing next summer.
Raptors Rapture pointed out that the Raptors still has a hole to fill at the power forward spot. The team recently signed Jared Sullinger to a one-year contract. The former Boston Celtics forward is a good positional defender who can hit mid-range shots, but he isn’t the type of talent who can help the team get over the hump.
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Griffin is currently on the trading block, and the Raptors have the necessary assets to get him. The Raptors can offer a trade package involving Lucas Nogueira, Patrick Patterson, DeMarre Carroll and a future first round pick.
To adopt to the NBA’s changing landscape, the Clippers need outside scoring from both forward positions. Patterson and Carroll are the perfect forward combo for the job. It’s a plus factor that both players know a thing or two about efficient perimeter defense.
On the other hand, the Raptors are one puzzle piece away from becoming an elite team. The addition of Blake Griffin will certainly make them that. However, Masai Ujiri and company need to be careful as there have been growing concerns about Griffin’s left leg, as per Boston Herald.
Griffin tore his left quad tendon on Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Lakers last season. He exacerbated the injury in first round of the playoffs while battling the Portland Trail Blazers. The 6-foot-10 power forward is currently recovering from a bone marrow procedure on his left thigh, and will miss the 2016 Rio Olympics because of it.