Report: Celtics a threat to sign Clippers' Griffin

Ashish Mathur

Blake Griffin will be a free agent for the first time in his career this summer, and while the Los Angeles Clippers are confident they can re-sign him, the Boston Celtics are reportedly considered the primary threat to sign the All-Star away from Lob City.

NBA guru Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on his weekly podcast and said "Boston is really the danger for Blake Griffin. I think Boston's two primary free agent targets, right now, are Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. Now they're not going to get both of them, but they're both players that would potentially have interest there."

A source also told Wojnarowski that Griffin noticed the way Boston embraced Paul Pierce during his final visit and that really resonated with him.

Griffin averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds this season but it was another injured plagued year for him. He missed 18 games in the regular season after undergoing right knee surgery in December and then was forced to sit out the final four games of the playoffs because of a broken toe.

Griffin and Chris Paul have had plenty of chemistry issues in the past, which has played a huge part in the Clippers’ playoff struggles. The Clippers have never advanced past the second-round of the playoffs since Paul arrived in 2011 and they have pulled off some epic choke jobs along the way.

When Paul was traded to LA, Griffin was already the star of the city and team, but sources say he felt a bit intimidated by Paul and his stature. That’s why it took the two All-Stars time to gel, both on and off the court.

Griffin has had a great career with the Clippers. The time has come, however, for him to branch out and take his talents elsewhere.