With Russell Westbrook behind in a overlay for Oklahoma City (at slightest by 2018), the questions about where Oklahoma City goes from here to lapse to contention are unexpected a subsequent dire issue. The Thunder can pursue several avenues in trade or giveaway agency, yet there is an apparent name already picking adult in conversations: Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin.
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Durant is deleted. Done and left and no longer partial of his world. “What’s next?” he asked – and a Thunder connected with Westbrook on a devise to erect their subsequent act. Once, it was James Harden and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Now, it’s a luminary solo act – with an eye on Los Angeles Clippers All-Star brazen Blake Griffin in 2017 giveaway agency. Griffin is an Oklahoma child left Hollywood, a star who has his possess tensions with Chris Paul on a Clippers.
To locate we adult fast on a Griffin conditions …
Griffin was during initial anxious to play with Chris Paul, hence a “Lob City!” declaration. But in time, Paul’s unrelenting care and rude mania with winning led to tensions. That tragedy scarcely gathering DeAndre Jordan to Dallas before final summer’s involvement during his residence to remonstrate him to go behind on his agreement with a Mavericks.
Then came this season. Griffin has played during a near-MVP turn a past dual years yet pressures began ascent for a Clippers, no matter a circumstances, to strech a discussion finals (at least). Instead, Griffin suffered a quad injury, and, while still out with that injury, punched an partner apparatus manager (who is no longer with a team) in a face. The fallout from that led to rumors of a intensity trade being bandied about.
Here’s where things get weird.
Several outlets from opposite a nation all got word that Griffin was accessible in trade talks. “Available” can meant a lot of things. It can meant he’s actively being shopped, it can meant a group won’t hang adult if we call, it can meant they’re open to it yet not posterior it. There was a clarity from some-more than one opening and reporter, compared with some-more than one team, that Griffin was in some clarity available. The Clippers, though, emphatically denied this and suggested it was all being made by other teams.
But a clarity has persisted, and this news is another denote that Griffin’s destiny with a Clippers is unclear. He competence not be dealt, yet we can’t only symbol it off a list of probable scenarios.
As for a fit with Oklahoma City, Griffin grew adult in OKC, and went to propagandize in circuitously Norman during a University of Oklahoma. It would be a entrance home of sorts, and while OKC doesn’t offer a kinds of party opportunities that Griffin desires, it does yield comfort, and Westbrook. Griffin and Westbrook would need shooters around them, in droves, yet a jaunty and ability multiple of a dual would make them a challenging force in a West and safe a Thunder right behind into row for during slightest being a hazard to a Warriors.
Griffin theoretically pairs good with Steven Adams, and after a spotlight of a Clippers, a Thunder competence yield a quieter, basketball-focused sourroundings and he could still pursue his blurb and film opportunities in a summer.
For now this is all only a reported seductiveness from a Thunder that is sincerely obvious; each group that isn’t a Warriors would have an seductiveness in Blake Griffin. But there seems to be during slightest some sparks with a fume here, and if zero else, it’s another in a prolonged line of signs that a Clippers’ stream core has an death date.