The Boston Celtics are said to be nearing a three-team deal with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Sacramento Kings. Among other things, the potential trade will see Blake Griffin donning white and green next season.
One Western Conference general manager claimed that the Celtics are eager to ink the blockbuster deal. However, questions about Griffin’s health have stalled the negotiations.
“I still think there’s a concern with his leg. We looked into him, and we’re hearing that’s a pretty serious thing,” the general manager told Boston Herald. “I’m not saying you don’t go after him, but you’d better be really sure about that leg before you go making any big commitments.”
Griffin injured his left quad against the Los Angeles Lakers in December. He was cleared to play in April but aggravated the injury in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
The high-leaping power forward took a bone marrow injection after the 2015-16 NBA season. He won’t be participating in the in 2016 Rio Olympics to recuperate from his injury as well as rest up for next season.
Another thing the Celtics are wary about is that Griffin could be a free agent next summer, as his contract with the Clippers has a player option for the 2017-18 season. The Celtics are still not certain that Griffin would re-sign with the team if they trade for him.
CBS Sports noted that it would be unwise for Griffin to opt in on the final year of his contract. With the league’s new TV deal set in place, Griffin would earn more money if he opts out and become a free agent in 2017.
Griffin only played 35 regular season games last year. Despite his shortened season, he still averaged 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game for the Clippers.
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