Five Possible Destinations For Blake Griffin

The Clippers’ latest playoff flameout — and Blake Griffin‘s latest playoff injury — have raised the chances of a major offseason shakeup in Los Angeles. Griffin and Chris Paul are both expected to opt out this summer and seek maximum deals, and the organization would face major luxury tax payments if both are re-signed.

While Paul is believed to be likely to stay in L.A., the Clippers may not be as committed to retaining Griffin, despite owner Steve Ballmer’s pledge to spend whatever it takes to keep the current team together. Mitch Lawrence of Forbes examines five possible landing spots for the Clippers forward.

  • KnicksCarmelo Anthony may be ready to leave New York and join his friend Paul in Los Angeles, where he already owns a home. Knicks president Phil Jackson could be interested in adding Griffin through a sign-and-trade deal for Anthony if both players are willing to consent to the move.
  • Thunder — Griffin played college ball at Oklahoma, and the franchise needs a second star to pair with Russell Westbrook. The Thunder are nearly $12MM over the cap for next season, so they would have to be creative in opening space. Lawrence suggests letting Andre Roberson leave in free agency and finding a team willing to trade for Enes Kanter, who still has two years and about $36.5MM left on his contract.
  • Nuggets — Cap room won’t be a problem in Denver, which will have about $40MM available if Danilo Gallinari opts out as he has indicated. The Nuggets have made trade offers for Griffin in the past, Lawrence writes, but never enough to tempt the Clippers. If a sign-and-trade is in play, Lawrence states that Denver would be willing to part with anyone except Nikola Jokic to make it work.
  • Celtics — Boston has the cap space to make a max offer to Griffin and the assets to swing a deal. The Celtics have a wealth of future draft choices, including the potential No.1 pick this year and the Nets’ unprotected first-rounder next season. Even though Boston was the top seed in the East, the front office is searching for star players to build around.
  • PacersPaul George‘s desire to play in L.A. has become an open secret around the league, and this could be the Clippers’ chance to land him before the Lakers do. George, who turns 27 this week, would be a new young star for the Clippers, while the Pacers could build around a formidable front line featuring Griffin and Myles Turner.
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15 thoughts on “Five Possible Destinations For Blake Griffin

  1. acarneglia

    I’m not saying it’s gonna happen because it likely won’t but Charlotte could be an option if they clear cap space he’d be a great fit with MKG, Kemba and Cody Zeller, and Batum

      • acarneglia

        You don’t consider Blake a high volume scorer? I think paired with Kemba they could average 50 combined

    • JamesW26

      I would be very shocked if Denver agreed to a sign-and-trade for the max extension on their end, too. Griffin doesn’t solve the rim protection problem, and Murray would be off-limits to LAC as well.

  2. bowserhound

    Someone ask Ballmer why in the world he would want to keep this team together.

      • DarkGhost

        The guy is worth 31 Billion dollars, obviously he’s done something right in his life.

        • bowserhound

          Irrelevant. Just because Apple made him super rich doesn’t mean he knows how a basketball team should be put together…

            • halos101

              and as far as you saying he should let them go, you never let stars walk in the nba. Ever

  3. He would fit well with the Wizards. Hope we don’t sign him though and keep Otto instead.

  4. willham

    Beyond frustrating when you see these speculation articles always connecting the Cs to aging/injury prone stars past their prime (see: Anthony, Melo)

    “They have the Brooklyn picks, young players, and cap space to make a potential deal work!!!”

    The guy has gotten hurt literally every year it seems and has never gotten the Clippers past the 2nd round. Yet people always wanna throw them in as a landing spot, like Danny has accumulated all this shit and is just waiting to jump at the chance to accquire the next splashy name in rumors, regardless of the awful ripple effects it would cause the whole franchise (see: Nets, Brooklyn).

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