Blake Griffin is coming off of his worst statistical season of his career. He averaged just 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds across 17 minutes per game, all career lows. Some of that has to do with the back up role he had with the Brooklyn Nets. But, some of it was simply because he’s not as capable of a player any longer. Nevertheless, the Oklahoma Sooners product is garnering interest in free agency. Reportedly, the Los Angeles Lakers are among the team likely to be in the running for his services.
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Heavy.com writer Sean Deveney captured an Eastern Conference executives thoughts on the subject. According to his source, The Lakers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and possibly the Boston Celtics might be in the mix. Despite the lackluster season, his performance against the Boston Celtics in the playoffs caught the attention of people around the league.
“But he made a big, big impression around the league with the way he played against Boston, even though it was just a couple of games. But he was flying around, throwing his body around, taking charges, hitting the floor. He had a care factor that was off the charts, and a lot of teams took notice. This is an All-Star and a former MVP candidate and he is sacrificing himself. As your 10th man on a minimum deal, you take that. It raises everyone’s level.”
The Nets got swept by the Celtics, but if you watched that series, you noticed Griffin. He certainly made an impact on the floor for Brooklyn and might be able to do the same thing off the bench for the Lakers.