The Blake Griffin trade rumors have subsided in recent months, and the reason for that is probably pretty simple.
If the latest Basketball Insiders report is any indication, both Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers seem insistent on Griffin staying in L.A. for quite some time.
“Sources close to Griffin have been adamant he is planning to re-sign in L.A. and that he’s not going anywhere,” Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler writes. “Clippers president and head coach Doc Rivers has mirrored that, saying he believes Griffin retires as a Clipper.”
Griffin — and star point guard Chris Paul — both are set to enter free agency next summer, which means these are important times for the Clippers.
Regardless, Kyler also reported that no matter what happens this season, the Clippers are committed to keeping both players and won’t be exploring trades for either.
Griffin endured the most difficult season of his six-year career in 2015-16. The 26-year-old played in only 35 games after hurting his hand in a fight with a team employee before suffering a hamstring injury that limited him down the stretch and into the playoffs. When he did play, the Oklahoma product was right around his career averages in points (21.4) and rebounds (6.9) last season.
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