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Pacific Notes: Griffin, Schlenk, Nance

Clippers president of basketball operations Doc Rivers told ESPN’s Chris Broussard that there isn’t truth to the idea that his team offered Blake Griffin and Lance Stephenson to the Nuggets for Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic, as a source who spoke with the reporter had said earlier. Broussard relayed the exchange in an appearance on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show (audio link; scroll to 6-minute mark), adding that the source had told him the Nuggets turned down the offer out of concern that Griffin would opt out and leave in free agency after next season. That jibes with an earlier report from Mitch Lawrence of Forbes, who indicated 10 days ago that the Clippers had engaged the Nuggets in talks about Griffin, though Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reported shortly thereafter that the Clippers had no interest in trading their star power forward, a refrain that Rivers repeated in the days that followed. See more from the Pacific Division:

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4 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Griffin, Schlenk, Nance

  1. Chris Crouse

    Griffin to the Nuggets is very interesting, I’d take that chance if I was Denver.

    • If there was a 3 way trade in play why not but Denver cant afford to have Blake skip town and then they gave up all those assets for nothing. Not going to happen

      • A three team trade under that scenario would either be Blake to Denver or Blake to the third team. There’s no way Denver gets Blake and more assets unless the entire team, essentially, is traded. For the Clippers to give up Blake, they need multiple win-now assets as trading him for future picks and prospects isn’t a realistic scenario for the Clippers. There’s also no way a third team gets involved unless they’re getting something good.

        • Grant Weddle ΣΝ

          Celtics could provide the Nuggets assets if they snag Galinari. Clippers still get Faried to replace griffin, Barton and Jokic to help fix depth and Nuggets get potential stars in Griffin and Stephenson to become watchable.

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