Doc Rivers again blows off Blake Griffin trade rumors
Los Angeles Clippers head coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers once again blamed outsiders for the persistence of the trade rumors surrounding Blake Griffin. But unlike last time when he took aim at “bloggers” for starting the rumors, he essentially accused the Boston media of making them up.
Rivers was speaking Boston reporters when he made the possibly tongue-in-cheek accusation. Given how the Boston Celtics have been aggressive in acquiring top-end NBA talent, rumors involving a potential trade between the Clippers and Celtics have been part of the rampant chatter over the summer.
Rivers says he simply connected the dots while once again blowing off the notion Griffin is available.
“We knew none of it was true. We figured that was one of you guys starting these rumors here in Boston,” Rivers said, via ESPN’s Chris Forsberg. “I was trying to find out who it was … No, it happens, unfortunately. Blake and CP are free agents [after this season]. Just like last year Oklahoma [City] had to deal with that, now it’s our turn.”
Rivers notes that the Clippers’ two top players, Griffin and Chris Paul, both can exercise a player option and opt out of their contracts after the 2016-17 season. Griffin of course could continue his career with the Clippers even if he does opt out. In fact, sources close to Griffin already have indicated he intends to re-sign with the team.
But the choice may not be in his hands. If Rivers and the Clippers feel there’s a possibility that they could lose Griffin without getting something in return, the team may be confronted with the need to trade the superstar.
Much remains to be played out between now and when the Clippers will have to make a decision. But as far as the rampant rumors concerning Griffin’s uncertain future in L.A. is concerned, Rivers seems to have a pretty good idea who is starting them.