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Doc Rivers blames ‘bloggers’ for starting Blake Griffin trade rumors

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Reports have surfaced in recent weeks that the Los Angeles Clippers are considering a possible trade of superstar Blake Griffin. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers vehemently denied the rumors, citing “bloggers” who “have nothing to do with the sport” as the source of the trade talk.

Rivers was making an appearance this week on The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski when the trade rumors were brought up, specifically involving how Rivers supposedly has been talking to Boston Celtics boss Danny Ainge about a potential deal.

Rivers admitted on the podcast that he has indeed spoken with Ainge this summer on two occasions, but the subject of those chats revolved around the British Open and a golf tournament.

He further attempted to dispel the notion of Griffin being potentially moved by blaming unnamed bloggers for writing about it while insisting he wants Griffin to be a Clipper for life.

“We are hoping that Blake ends his career playing for the Clippers,” Rivers said, via CSNNE. “No team is calling because teams know we don’t have any interest. It just tells you the different times. Things have changed. Everyone believes that they’re media now. There are so many good, credible guys, but then there’s some of the guys who are bloggers and have nothing to do with the sport.”

While it’s obviously true there have been bloggers who have written about the Griffin trade rumors, the Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported several weeks his sources have told him the same. And Deveney is one of those “good, credible guys” — as Rivers mentioned — not some blogger.

The fact that a high-ranking member of an NBA organization would deny trade rumors is hardly a surprise. But with Griffin eligible for free agency after the 2016-17 season — should he elect to opt out of the final year of his five-year contract — it’s not all that surprising, either, that the Clippers would engage in trade discussions.