Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers’ all-star forward, will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Boston Celtics are reportedly making a strong push to trade for Griffin. The question is: what kind of package can general manager Danny Ainge offer to entice the Clippers?
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, there is the possibility of a three-team trade that would send Rudy Gay and a bunch of draft picks to Los Angeles, Griffin to Boston and several other Celtics assets to Sacramento.
Three-team deal involving Rudy Gay?
“The Clippers have been weighing trading Griffin all season, and the possibility of a three-team package involving Sacramento sending Rudy Gay to the Clippers has emerged. The Celtics would give up some number of their upcoming draft picks, but opposing front-office members say they don’t want to give up either Brooklyn pick Boston can own in the next two years,” SN reported on Thursday.
With Chris Paul also entering free agency next year, Los Angeles is in a precarious position as they could be forced to enter a rebuilding phase. While the Clippers haven’t explored the possibility of trading Paul, they want to ensure that a Griffin trade would yield them at least a bunch of high lottery picks and an all-star caliber player to build their future around.
“The Clippers have 31-year-old point guard Chris Paul on hand, and league sources have said that if the Clippers move Griffin — a move that Clippers coach and front-office head Doc Rivers is reluctant to make — they will want a deal that involves draft picks and a frontline star who can keep them in Western Conference contention,” added Deveney.
Blake Griffin: What can Celtics offer?
The Celtics are loaded with assets. In fact, Howard Beck of Bleacher Report opined that no other team in the league has the ability to put together a package of draft picks and players that would entice Oklahoma City Thunder to give up Russell Westbrook or Clippers to part with Griffin.
Boston owns: 1) the 2017 first round pick from Brooklyn Nets (likely be a top-3 pick), the 2018 first round pick from Brooklyn, 2019 first round picks from Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies. Remember, at least a few of these are picks are projected to go inside the top-3. Next year’s draft class is loaded with the likes of Josh Jackson and Harry Giles reportedly willing to go pro.
Should the Clippers blow up their team and start afresh? Or should they retain Blake Griffin and take a final crack at Golden State Warriors? The Celtics genuinely believe they are one all-star away from competing with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the eastern conference title.