The Boston Celtics are expected to bring a new player to their franchise, and they seem to be interested in two people. If rumors are true, their main targets could be Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin.
Although Russell Westbrook is the better performer, the Boston Celtics is more likely focusing on Blake Griffin. Keith Smith of Real GM explains that negotiations involving Griffin have already progressed and that “the Celtics would love to have him (Westbrook) but have no intention of gutting the team so much that they can’t contend.”
Griffin’s leg injury caused him to miss most of the games last season. In spite of this, his prospective teams still have not lost interest in him.
Griffin is still a good pick for the Celtics. Last year, Griffin averaged over 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game. The athlete has also gotten better with his passing ability and free throw shooting in the last eight years, making his overall statistics among the most appealing in the league.
The Celtics would most likely let go of some of their young players. According to Smith, the Clippers also stated the players they want in exchange for Griffin.
Apparently, the Clippers expressed interest for Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder or John Holland. They also would like to have Jonas Jerebko or Jordan Mickey.
If this rumor turns out to be false, Griffin still has plenty of options. Griffin can bow out of his contract after the 2016-2017 NBA season and become a free agent just like Westbrook at the end of the next season.
Since Westbrook revealed that he still would like to play with the Oklahoma City Thunder this coming season, the Thunder could also pair him with Griffin. If this does not work out, the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavalier could also snag Griffin, Morning Ledger reports.