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Blake Griffin says he tore tendons, ligaments in his foot

Blake Griffin

The injury that knocked Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin out for the postseason was apparently much more severe than a simple toe bruise.

In an appearance on the “Pardon My Take” podcast on Tuesday, Griffin opened up about the season-ending injury he suffered in Game 3 of the Clippers’ first-round series with the Utah Jazz.

“That was, like, an adding insult to injury type of thing,” said the former No. 1 overall pick. “When I first came out, I didn’t know what was wrong with it. We went to get X-rays, and the X-rays were fine. So I was gonna try to go back in before our doctor was like, ‘Ah, that’s not a good idea.’ So they were like, ‘Alright, just say he has a bruised toe.’

“So after getting all my tests and stuff and all that, I ended up tearing tendons and ligaments in the bone of my foot,” Griffin continued. “And then we just kinda left it out there that it was a bruise.”

Griffin also said in the interview he had surgery on the foot about a week ago.

With the five-time All-Star out of the lineup, the Clippers fell to the Jazz in seven games, sending the team (and Griffin in particular) into an uncertain summer. Griffin can become an unrestricted free agent if he turns down his $21.4 million player option for 2017-18, but this latest add-on to his lengthy injury history may just cost him a max-salary offer or two on the open market.

H/T NBA Reddit

Report: Chris Paul likely to re-sign with Clippers; Blake Griffin more uncertain

The Los Angeles Clippers will be facing something of a crossroads this summer, but it sounds like at least one of their stars is more likely than not to return.

ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz took an in-depth look at the state of the Clippers, who face losing both point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin to free agency this coming summer. According to Arnovitz, Clipper sources believe Paul will ultimately re-sign with the team. He, like a few other players, would be eligible for a deal worth upwards of $200 million over five years.

Sources said Griffin’s future is less clear, with the player looking at his first chance to see what opportunities exist for him beyond the Clippers. His tenure with the team has been riddled with untimely injuries — some, admittedly, of his own doing — and he may want to see where else he can go.

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has voiced his willingness to go well over the luxury tax threshold to keep his stars. We could see him looking a bit like this if one or both depart.

Blake Griffin exits Game 3 with bruised big toe

Blake Griffin

The injury bug has bitten Blake Griffin in the playoffs for the second straight year.

The Clippers forward left Friday’s Game 3 against the Utah Jazz with a bruised right big toe. X-rays were taken and apparently were negative.

Griffin was hobbling after going up for a layup in the second quarter.

Griffin had 11 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes prior to exiting the game. He will undergo more testing. Last year Griffin suffered a quad injury during the first round and was declared out for the playoffs.

Kemba Walker: Blake Griffin ‘would be a great fit’ on Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets will not be returning to the playoffs this year, and their All-Star guard is already looking ahead to the free agent recruitment trail.

In a recent interview with Glenn Burkins of Q City Metro, Kemba Walker specifically mentioned Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin as a free agent who would make for a nice fit on the Hornets.

“I think one of the bigger free agents this year is probably Blake Griffin,” said Walker. “I think Blake would be a great fit for us. I mean, don’t get y’all’s hopes up. (laughter) It sounds good.”

The 28-year-old Griffin, who is averaging 21.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game this year, has a $21.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season that he seems likely to decline in order to test free agency. On paper, he would indeed be a strong fit in Charlotte, as their power forward depth chart currently consists of Marvin Williams, who is more of a hybrid forward, and Frank Kaminsky, who may have a higher ceiling as a stretch five.

However, it’s difficult to envision the five-time All-Star leaving behind more money, more years, and his entertainment interests in Los Angeles, even if we heard recently that he might actually be growing more open to the idea. The fact of the matter is that the Hornets are a small-market, non-contending team, and even if Griffin does wind up leaving the Clippers, other interested parties probably stand a much better chance of landing him.

H/T theScore

Mark Cuban has funny response to JJ Barea’s ejection for pushing Blake Griffin

Mark Cuban

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is on a roll with his humor lately.

Mavs guard J.J. Barea was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected in the third quarter of the team’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday after pushing Clippers big man Blake Griffin on a screen.

While there was some shoving action on the part of the 6-foot-0 Barea, it was also a fairly egregious flop by the 6-foot-10 Griffin. So when asked about the play on Saturday, Cuban replied with this funny tongue-in-cheek response, according to Isaac Harris of FanSided.

Cuban also joked that Griffin might duck Barea the next time the Clippers and the Mavs meet on April 5, per Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The 58-year-old billionaire has been the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to entertaining quotes these last few days, so perhaps there’s some incentive for the rest of us to root for the Mavs, who are currently 3.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Denver Nuggets, to make the playoffs this year.

Video via NBA Reddit

Report: Blake Griffin could be growing more open to leaving Clippers

Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is a free agent at season’s end, and one report indicates that he might be more open to leaving than he had been previously.

Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding reported Thursday that more people around the NBA believe Griffin is increasingly open to a “fresh start” somewhere else, with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Oklahoma City Thunder being listed as potentially intriguing options.

Ding cautioned, however, that Griffin is involved in the entertainment industry, which could offer some incentives to stay in Los Angeles.

All indications are that the Clippers are motivated to keep Griffin and fellow free agent Chris Paul, and will do what it takes to do it. That is, in all likelihood, the most likely outcome, though maybe Griffin is having second thoughts.

Report: Clippers intent on keeping both Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Blake Griffin

The Los Angeles Clippers have no interest in moving superstars in advance of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. In fact, they reportedly already have set plans to retain the services of their two best players for years to come.

In a roundup he compiled of big-name players with expiring contracts, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported that neither Blake Griffin nor Chris Paul will be dangled at the deadline. Instead, sources told Kyler the Clippers have already “verbally agreed” to a new contract with Paul that he will sign when he opts out of the final year of his current deal this summer. The new deal will be worth more than $200 million.

Teams have called L.A. about Griffin in recent days, but Kyler reports that the star forward isn’t going anywhere, either.

Like teammate Chris Paul, Griffin’s next deal is all but done. One executive who tried to engage with the Clippers on a Griffin package got absolutely nowhere, saying it was not a conversation the Clippers were willing to have. Griffin has some media ventures in Los Angeles that he’s involved with and has expressed a desire to stay near them. While there was some talk of him heading to Oklahoma City, sources near Griffin said he finds the couple of games he plays there as a Clipper to be draining because of all the family and friends commitments. The idea of playing there full time is not desirable, especially considering how much the Clippers are prepared to pay him to stay in L.A.

Trade rumors have linked Griffin to the Boston Celtics, but a deal doesn’t appear realistic. If anything, the Clippers would be more inclined to make a trade like one we discussed a while back that would allow them to keep their Big Three of Griffin, Paul and DeAndre Jordan in place. They like what they have and plan to do what they can to keep the core of the team together.

Report: Clippers could trade for Carmelo Anthony and keep their Big 3

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly discussing a deal for Carmelo Anthony, and the names that aren’t involved will probably surprise you far more than the ones that are.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the Knicks are open to trading Anthony to the Clippers without getting one of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan or Chris Paul in return. The two sides are said to have engaged in discussions, though no deal is imminent and the Knicks still plan to shop for a better offer before the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

As Isola notes, Griffin actually cannot be traded to New York because of a rule within the collective bargaining agreement that states a team cannot have two Designated Rookie Max extensions on its roster at the same time that were both acquired via trade. Derrick Rose already has one of them.

If the Clippers and Knicks do eventually reach a deal, L.A. would likely trade one or two players from a group that includes Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Austin Rivers.

With the Knicks looking at another lost season, Phil Jackson may want to trade Anthony to a team that can provide draft pick compensation. The Celtics are said to be one possibility, and they have a lot of draft assets. However, Carmelo has a full no-trade clause and it is unclear if he would accept a trade to Boston. Previous reports claimed he is only willing to accept a trade to the Clippers or Cleveland Cavaliers.

While there are likely to be plenty more rumors before a resolution is reached, the comments Anthony made this week are telling. Even if he wants to remain in New York, his relationship with Jackson may be damaged beyond repair. A trade seems more likely than ever.

Doc Rivers: Blake Griffin close to 100 percent

Blake Griffin

All appears to be well for Blake Griffin.

The Clippers big man is not yet ready to return, but according to coach Doc Rivers, it won’t be too long before he’s back in the lineup.

Griffin underwent a routine arthroscopic procedure in December that was to keep him out for 4-6 weeks. That timetable would put him back on the court around the end of January, which seems to be exactly where things are headed and right on track from where he was a week and a half ago. From there, they’ll be hoping to keep him healthy in the playoffs, as the difference is noticeable. With Griffin on the floor, the Clippers are an elite team. Without him, they’ve been trudging along and noticeably worse.

Blake Griffin ‘feels great,’ still on schedule for return

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin is said to be feeling great and still on track for his timetable to return to action.

Griffin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee in late December and was projected to miss 4-6 weeks as he recovered. That timetable appears to still be the case, according to Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.

“He feels great,” Rivers said of Griffin prior to Wednesday’s game. “He told me that he’s felt as good as he’s felt in a long time. I think that the four to five weeks … it’s still that.”

The Clippers were on fire to start the season when they had Griffin healthy. They opened up the season 14-2 and went 20-8 with Griffin. Since then, a 7-game losing streak had the Clippers playing nearly .500 ball without Blake, but a lot of that was also due to Chris Paul sitting out games with a hamstring injury.

The Clippers are aiming to be healthy at the right time — which is the playoffs — unlike last season when injuries to both CP3 and Griffin led to the team’s elimination at the hands of Portland in the first round.

The hope is to have Griffin back for the end of January.