Clippers power forward Blake Griffin suffered a fracture in his right (shooting) hand after reportedly striking team equipment manager and close friend Mathias Testi. Griffin is expected to miss approximately four to six weeks of action after undergoing surgery on Tuesday. The team is understandably displeased with Griffin, which was clearly relayed in the team’s official statement. “This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who are as a team,” the statement read. “We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken.”
Los Angeles is currently the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference with a record of 29-16 entering Wednesday night’s action, and the loss of Griffin could derail what has already been a challenging and somewhat disappointing 2015/16 campaign for the Clippers. The team can likely survive in the short-term without Griffin, though Los Angeles is currently undermanned in the frontcourt after trading fellow power forward Josh Smith to the Rockets last week. The addition of Jeff Ayres via a 10-day deal should help, but it would be unrealistic to expect Ayres to make a significant impact on the team’s fortunes.
The more important issue facing the Clippers is what to do regarding Griffin. While all the facts have not been made public regarding the incident, workplace violence isn’t acceptable regardless of the reasoning. Griffin, 26, is under contract for two more seasons after this one, though he does possess a player option worth $21,373,952 for 2017/18, the final season of his current deal. If Griffin is indeed deemed to be a detriment to the locker room after this incident, the team may decide hitting the reset button by dealing the high-flying forward is the best way forward.
Which brings me to the topic for today: In light of Blake Griffin’s recent incident, should the Clippers look to trade him?
Take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the subject. If you think the team should trade Griffin, where do you think he may end up, and what should Los Angeles expect to recoup in return? If you are on the other side of the argument and feel that Griffin should remain with the Clippers, let us know your reasoning for that choice. We look forward to what you have to say.