NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics Discussing Deal For Los Angeles Clippers Forward Blake Griffin

Jason Fletcher

The Boston Celtics are in discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers on a potential deal involving forward Blake Griffin, according to 98.5 The Sports Hub's Dan Lifshatz. The Celtics have been desperately trying to use their abundance of draft picks and tradeable assets to improve their roster this offseason, but to this point, they only have Al Horford to show for it, and he joined via free agency.

— Dan Lifshatz (@DanLifshatz) July 12, 2016

— Dan Lifshatz (@DanLifshatz) July 12, 2016

The deal makes perfect sense from the Clippers' perspective. Griffin's contract is only guaranteed through next season, which means he could choose to opt out of his deal and leave the Clippers with nothing in return next offseason. Blake also was involved in an off-the-court issue with a member of the team's equipment staff during last season which resulted in a broken hand that forced him to miss a large chunk of the season.

While Griffin is a supremely talented player, the Clippers haven't reached the Western Conference Finals in the history of the organization, let alone with Blake on the roster. In addition, the Clippers played even better without Griffin on the court last season as Paul took a more assertive role as a scorer. Getting two pieces like Bradley and Crowder/Smart for Blake would also give Los Angeles more weapons to attack with from the perimeter.

— NBA Inside Stuff (@NBAInside_Stuff) July 12, 2016

All of those guys are either younger, or would've provided more to the Celtics than Blake Griffin. Griffin is a great player, but Blake isn't considered the greatest of leaders, doesn't provide much in the way of defense, and is almost the same exact player as Al Horford. With Griffin and Horford playing down low, the Celtics might be pretty dangerous offensively, but wouldn't be able to stop anyone in the paint.

— CSNNE.com (@CSNNE) July 12, 2016

Adding a player like Griffin may get the fan base a little excited, but it will do little to get the Celtics closer to a championship. Instead of trying to make up for all the deals that he didn't pull the trigger on by adding Blake Griffin, Ainge should hold out to see if a better opportunity presents itself. If not, then stay pat.

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