With trade rumors involving the Celtics heating up - a three-way deal with the Clippers and Kings that lands Blake Griffin in Boston is the latest - one Western Conference general manager told the Boston Herald that while Danny Ainge is itching to make a trade, Griffin's leg injury could complicate things.
“Oh, Danny definitely wants to do something,” the GM told Bulpett of the Celtics president of basketball operations. “We’ve got nothing that really works with Boston, but I bet something happens there.”
Griffin has an opt out next summer from a deal that's scheduled to pay him $20 million this season and $21 million next, but in addition to signability, the GM was leery of the partially torn left quad tendon that derailed Griffin last season, led to a bone marrow injection after the season, and is keeping Griffin off the US Olympic team.
“I still think there’s a concern with his leg,” the GM told Bulpett “We looked into him, and we’re hearing that’s a pretty serious thing,” the source continued. “I’m not saying you don’t go after him, but you’d better be really sure about that leg before you go making any big commitments.”
The GM also brought up the Celtics' oft-rumored pursuit of 76ers' big man Jahlil Okafor, the subject of much pre-draft speculation. He told Bulpett that Okafor may be the best fit for a deal with the Celtics.