As early as the middle part of last season, there were already a lot of rumors that circulated about where Blake Griffin might end up, if the Los Angeles Clippers were to move him. He was linked to a number of teams, but he was most rumored to be at the top of the Boston Celtics‘ wishlist.

Free agency is already drying up this summer, and most of the NBA teams’ rosters are now shaping out, including the Clippers’. They have pretty much kept their lineup intact and are poised for a final run with their Big three of Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, and Griffin. Head coach Doc Rivers has been consistent in saying that they have no plans of trading any of those players.

Yet, according to Keith Smith of Real GM, the Celtics are still interested in trading for Griffin, possibly through a three-team deal including the Sacramento Kings.

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Surely, the Clippers would not feel that they’re getting the same value in return for Griffin in the form of Rudy Gay. Right now, there are only a few reports circulating about this, and not even an informal offer has been made.

The Celtics have been very active this offseason and are not slowing in their pursuit of another superstar to accompany their one-two punch of All-Stars Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas. Adding Griffin makes a lot of sense for the C’s as they want to take the next step in contending in the East and eventually get over the hump (that is the Cleveland Cavaliers). After making a good impression on Kevin Durant and having him consider them, maybe getting another elite player to bolster their lineup is not a far-fetched idea, especially because they still have a lot of assets that can be traded.

Next season, Griffin is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and while there is obvious logic behind trading him now rather than losing him next summer in free agency for nothing, one thing’s for sure; the Clippers will be very smart and patient in waiting for the best offer that comes their way.

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