Boston Celtics Will Not Be Signing Blake Griffin Or Trading For Paul George
Two things happened ahead of the opening of NBA free agency that directly affects the Boston Celtics.
One is that the Indiana Pacers have decided to trade forward Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The other is that the Los Angeles Clippers have re-signed big man Blake Griffin to a massive extension.
Both of these players were connected to the Boston Celtics at some point over the last week. Griffin was rumored to be interested in leaving LA for a better chance at winning a title. George wasn’t going to re-sign with the Pacers after next season and was being openly shopping.
Just to confirm it all: It's Paul George for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo. No picks.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) July 1, 2017
A return that seems utterly weak even for a rental. Especially with the Celtics offer from draft night being much higher.
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) July 1, 2017
Griffin, on the other hand, signed a deal with the Clippers valued at $173 million over five years.
Blake Griffin plans to reach agreement on a five-year, $173 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2017
Can’t blame Griffin for jumping the gun here, the Clippers could offer him a five-year max worth way more than any other team with his bird rights.
For the Boston Celtics, it is important not to be frustrated by these developments. Danny Ainge offered the Pacers a fair amount for George and for some reason Indiana went with a lesser offer.
Boston must now focus on their meeting this weekend with Gordon Hayward and hope they can convince him to come to Boston. With the Western Conference getting better and better convincing Hayward to come East might have just gotten easier.