Adrian Wojnarowski, on Yahoo's The Vertical Podcast, says the Clippers and others think "Boston is really the danger" to sign away forward Blake Griffin from LA.
"Blake Griffin, and I think the Clippers may think this too, and certainly some other teams, Boston is really the danger for Blake Griffin," Wojnarowski said on the podcast. "I think Boston's two primary free-agent targets right now are [the Utah Jazz's] Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. Now they're not going to get both of them, but they're both players who would potentially have interest there, and who Boston I think looks at in different ways with their future.
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Wojnarowski said Griffin was impressed with the way Celtics fans treated ex-C's captain Paul Pierce when the Clippers visited TD Garden for Pierce's final game in Boston on Super Bowl Sunday.
"So the one thing to know about Blake Griffin, he was [in Boston] when Paul Pierce came in with the Clippers for his last game in Boston, Blake was obviously there with the team. He saw how Boston reacted to Paul Pierce and what it means to have been a great player in Boston," Wojnarowski said. "Now, Blake doesn't have enough left in his career to be beloved and be the all-time Celtic that Paul Pierce was, but it does give you a sense - and I know it gave Blake a sense, it did not go unnoticed with him - about how that building and that city and the way they loved Paul. And I'm sure Paul being around the last couple years with him, I'm sure they discussed it."
Wojnarowski said the Clippers may have some tough decisions to make about keeping their star-laden roster together.
"But they're certainly a threat too in this. But I just think the Clippers are a unique situation because you talked about what it's going to cost to keep together Golden State and Cleveland; it's another thing to pay this money to keep a Clipper team around that hasn't achieved yet. It is a lot of money to go where they need to go to pay all these guys and say to yourself, 'This team hasn't even been out of the second round yet.'"