The Los Angeles Clippers face a tough situation with power forward Blake Griffin. The team can forgive Griffin for his actions with the team equipment manager and play through Griffin’s injury, which could sideline him two months. The other option is to look to trade Griffin and reap the assets he could return in the deal.
Blake Griffin is one of the biggest assets for the Clippers and could help bring in much needed assets to fill out the Clippers roster. When healthy, Griffin is a tremendous talent and fits right alongside DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul.
Doc Rivers stated that the team must forgive Griffin and dismissed any potential trade talk. “You have to forgive people at some point. I believe that. We built Richard Nixon a library. I mean, my goodness. You forgive people. You really do. You kind of move on, and you build it back,” stated Rivers.
The Clippers are 14-3 in Griffin’s absence with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute playing in Griffin’s role. Mbah a Moute can fill this void in the regular season, but when it comes to playing the Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs it would be a much greater challenge without Griffin.
Leader and point guard Chris Paul wants to see his teammate back on the court. “This stretch is going to give guys a lot of confidence. We can win games, but we need [Griffin] to win this championship,” stated Paul.
The Clippers are playing good basketball right now, but have an interesting decision to make with Griffin. Griffin will likely stay a Clipper the rest of the season, but the Clippers results this season will define the situation. If the Clippers can’t get deep in the playoffs again, then it may be wise to consider trading Blake Griffin.