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Clippers trade Blake Griffin to Pistons

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The Los Angeles Clippers are sending Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that the two teams have finalized a trade, with Avery Bradley being one of the players who will be sent to L.A. The Clippers are also getting a first-round pick and a second-round pick.

There was speculation that the Pistons could include Andre Drummond in the deal, but it does not appear the big man is going anywhere.

Griffin signed a five-year max contract with the Clippers this past offseason, and they obviously feel that they need to start rebuilding. They’re 25-24 and currently the No. 9 seed in the West, while the Pistons are 22-26 and in the same spot in the East.

Report: Pistons, Clippers discussing Blake Griffin trade

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The Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers may be ready to make a big move.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pistons and Clippers are in serious talks regarding center Blake Griffin.

It’s anyone’s guess as to what the Pistons would be giving up. They could either be willing to give up Andre Drummond or seeking to put together some sort of big man pairing akin to what New Orleans did with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

Of course, it’s hard to see how a deal works without a name like Drummond. The Pistons have made other fairly big names available, but it’s doubtful it would be enough to pry Griffin away from the Clippers in itself.

Report: Trevor Ariza tried to go after Blake Griffin, was restrained by teammates

Trevor Ariza

A lot of players were involved in a confrontation between the Rockets and Clippers that began on the court Monday night and spilled over into the locker room, but it sounds like Trevor Ariza was very much at the center of the embarrassing melee.

Ariza and Blake Griffin were ejected with just over a minute remaining in the game after they got into it. The two players walked down separate tunnels to their respective locker rooms, but Ariza’s blood obviously continued to boil. Reports indicated Ariza was one of several Rockets players who tried to enter the Houston locker room through a back hallway. According to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, Ariza tried to go after Griffin and was restrained by his teammates. He also had an ugly exchange with Austin Rivers.

According to a Rockets source, Ariza was waiting on Griffin, and when the game ended he charged from the hallway into the Clips locker room. When Rivers spotted Ariza near the entrance, according to the source, he said: “Let his b—– a– come in.” Ariza then turned his attention to Rivers.

ESPN reported that Ariza was flanked by three teammates—Harden, Paul and Gerald Green—but their purpose was unclear. “They were holding Trevor back,” the source said. Security was summoned and no punches were thrown…

The NBA is investigating exactly what happened between the two teams, and all of these accounts will likely be taken into consideration. Whatever the case, all the memes and tweets we saw provided a good summary of how much the Rockets and Clippers embarrassed themselves. What should have been the end of a regular season basketball game turned into an episode of “The Jerry Springer Show.”

Mike D’Antoni says Blake Griffin hit him before incident (Video)

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Mike D’Antoni says that Blake Griffin hit him before the two exchanged curse words at each other, leading to double technicals.

Late in the Los Angeles Clippers’ win over the Houston Rockets on Monday night, Griffin and D’Antoni got into a heated exchange. Following the game, D’Antoni repeated that Griffin hit him, which instigated things.

Here’s video that seems to show Griffin going to make contact with the Rockets head coach:

Griffin previously wanted D’Antoni to get back to the coaching area.

After the game, D’Antoni did not elaborate on what happened, though he did mention twice that Griffin hit him.

When the NBA goes through all the tape of the incidents between the teams, they will probably look at what happened between Griffin and D’Antoni. And don’t be surprised if Griffin is disciplined as a result.

Blake Griffin opens up about Chris Paul’s departure from Clippers

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Blake Griffin has said little about longtime lob partner Chris Paul’s departure from the LA Clippers this past summer, but now he is finally sharing some of his thoughts on the matter.

In an interview with The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears that ran on Wednesday, the All-Star forward opened up about Paul’s decision to leave for Houston.

“I talked to him the morning before it came out,” said Griffin. “He called me and just kind of told me everything. Like I told him on the phone, I wished him the best and appreciated the years we had together. That situation was handled the right way. You see other guys and other teammates go separate ways with a bad taste in their mouth because it wasn’t handled the right way.

“We shared a lot of moments together,” he added about Paul. “Some good. Some bad. Some just the mundane everyday sitting on the plane, sitting on the bus. When you share that much time with somebody, you have a connection. But now we’re in separate places and both moving forward.”

Griffin and Paul played together on the Clippers for five seasons as the two pillars of an exhilarating but overall disappointing era for the team. Some who shared the locker room with them have spoken negatively about the dynamic they had, but it sounds like it’s all love between the two stars themselves.

Blake Griffin suffers concussion after elbow to head

Blake Griffin

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin took a nasty blow to the head during Saturday’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

Griffin fell victim to an inadvertent elbow from Golden State’s JaVale McGee and appeared to be in major distress as he fell to the court, ultimately leaving the game.

It came as no surprise that Griffin was diagnosed with a concussion and did not return.

Griffin had only just returned after a knee injury. Here’s hoping his concussion doesn’t keep him out for too long.

Doc Rivers: Blake Griffin could play on Friday

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Doc Rivers continues to have confidence in Blake Griffin’s ability to return from a knee injury sooner than later.

Rivers said on Tuesday that Griffin is physically able to play in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Keep in mind that being physically able to play is different from being medically cleared to play, so it’s not a certainty yet that Griffin will suit up for the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. However, Rivers also said on Saturday that Griffin could return within a week, so this jibes with his previous comment.

Griffin has been out since Nov. 27 with an MCL sprain in his knee. The initial timetable for his absence was supposed to be up to two months, so it looks like Griffin will be back sooner than anticipated.

Doc Rivers says Blake Griffin could be back within a week

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Blake Griffin appears to be a few weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from an MCL sprain in his left knee.

In an interview before Saturday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers told longtime team announcer Ralph Lawler that Griffin could be back within a week, per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.

As noted above, the All-Star big man is less than four weeks removed from an injury that was originally expected to sideline him for up to two months. The play he was hurt on definitely did not look good, so this qualifies as excellent news for a Clippers team that has gone just 5-8 in Griffin’s absence.

Blake Griffin could miss up to two months with sprained MCL

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin was fortunate to avoid structural damage when he injured his knee in Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, but he is still expected to be out a while.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers revealed that Griffin suffered an MCL sprain and could miss up to two months.

Griffin is lucky the injury wasn’t more serious, as teammate Austin Rivers landed on him in a very frightening way during a scramble for a loose ball. Griffin ended up limping off the court and did not return to the game.

Griffin has averaged 23.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. The Clippers are 8-11 and have been disappointing without Chris Paul running their offense, and things are about to get even more challenging for them over the next several weeks.

Blake Griffin limps off court with leg injury

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Blake Griffin suffered a leg injury late in the Los Angeles Clippers’ win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

Griffin was injured when teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during a scramble for a ball:

Griffin limped off the court and headed to the locker room after that play. He did not return to the game.

Griffin had 26 points and 11 rebounds before suffering his injury.