Blake Griffin has a player option at the at of this season and if he were to decline it, he would then become an unrestricted free agent. Griffin has been injured for the Clippers’ past 15 games, which has been very common for this team in the past few years, consistently causing them to underperform. Although Griffin is set to return in the coming days, his fellow star Chris Paul is out for 6-8 weeks, so the team is still not at full strength.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 18, 2017
The injury bug may be a possible reason Blake would want a change of scenery when the off-season hits. Not that Griffin is for sure going to leave, but this being his 7th year in the league, his Clippers still have not made it past the second round of the NBA playoffs. With that being, said there would be quite a few teams that could make a run at the former All-Star.
With the departure of Kevin Durant this past offseason Russell Westbrook has been a one man show this year averaging a triple-double at this point in the season. Even with those amazing numbers Westbrook is putting up, the Thunder are still sitting at 6th in the Western Conference, and they can’t compete with teams like the Warriors or Cavs with only one superstar.
Blake would add even more excitement to the team and be a great second scoring option alongside Russell. This move would be a step in the right direction towards being able to contend with the top tier teams in the NBA.
Blake Griffin spinning and slamming on Aron Baynes https://t.co/nYfrOqYDHW
— TooAthletic GameDay (@TooAthletic_GD) January 15, 2017
The Celtics are known for being one step away from being a title contender. Even though Isaiah Thomas has emerged as a superstar this year, the team still needs something more.
Blake could be a great fit considering the fact that power forward is their weakest position. With the signing of Griffin, Boston could still make a big trade with all their assets and possibly create another “super team,” which fans either love or love to hate.
The Raptors have a huge hole at the power forward spot and that has been their main weakness for the past few years. If they want to become a legit title contender they need another All-Star caliber player at the 4 spot and Griffin is exactly that.
Joining one of the best back courts in the league in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozen, Blake likely wouldn’t be the first scoring option like he is used to, but if he can accept a smaller role this team could be a force in the east. Although Toronto has never been known to attract big name free agents, if Griffin wants to win a championship, the Raptors may be his best bet to win now.
Blake Griffin is going to be on many teams’ radar this coming offseason. wWhether he stays in Los Angeles or not he will make one NBA team very happy.