The Boston Celtics are probably the most active team in trying to make a deal in the offseason to bring a big star to their team. Rumors surfaced that the Celtics were interested in acquiring Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to the Boston Hearld, there is one major concern for going after Blake Griffin and that concern is his leg. Griffin has had procedures and injuries to his leg and that is causing a scare to take a chance on him:
The Clippers are in a win-now mode, so they would need to get immediate help to consider moving Griffin. And there are also issues with the 6-foot-10 forward for the Celts and other clubs. For one, Griffin has the ability to opt out of his contract next summer, so, as was the case in the 2007 acquisition of Garnett, there would need to be assurances that he would not exercise that option and would be willing to consider signing an extension. He will make $20,140,839 this year and $21,373,952 the following season.
But, according to one opposing team exec, there is another question with Griffin.
“I still think there’s a concern with his leg,” he said, referring to a partially torn left quad tendon that cost Griffin serious time last season and never fully healed before causing him to miss the end of the playoffs. He reportedly received a bone marrow injection following the season, which is keeping him off the U.S. Olympic team.
“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 Celtics are right to be worried with his leg as he has had repeat injuries to it. If the Celtics do decide to take a chance on him, it will cost them a lot of assets on a gamble.
Blake Griffin is definitely and all-star power-forward who is capable of making an impact on any team, but is it worth the risk? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.