Blake Griffin Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Clippers Star

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin dribbles against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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As Blake Griffin recovers from a broken hand, the Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly been exploring trade opportunities involving the former All-Star.

Continue for updates.

Rivers Comments on Griffin Rumors

Tuesday, Feb. 16

"We're not trading [Griffin]," said Clippers president of basketball operations and head coach Doc Rivers when asked about Griffin's status with the team, per Dan Woike of the Orange County Register

This is similar to what Rivers said back on Feb. 5, per Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times"Blake's ours, and he's going to stay ours."

Celtics Inquire on Griffin

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported the Boston Celtics were one of the teams to inquire about a trade for Griffin, but the Clippers don't appear to be interested.

Clippers Reportedly Not Inclined to Trade Griffin, Turned Down Multiple Proposals

Monday, Feb. 15

Woike reported that "Clippers sources continue to say they don't have interest in trading Blake Griffin."

On Feb. 11, Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported the Clippers have been contacted by "just about every team in the league" but turned down every proposal put to them.

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Clippers, Nuggets Reportedly Discuss Griffin Deal

Monday, Feb. 15

Chris Broussard of ESPN (h/t Tommy Beer of reported the Clippers contacted the Denver Nuggets, offering Griffin and Lance Stephenson for Kenneth Faried, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari and Nikola Jokic.

On Feb. 5, Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News reported the Clippers and Nuggets had discussions about a deal involving Griffin. At the time, Woike confirmed the Nuggets reached out about Griffin, but the Clippers weren't interested.

Clippers Reportedly Listening to Griffin Offers

Monday, Feb. 15

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported the Clippers "are making [Griffin] available even though the injured forward is recovering from a second surgical procedure to his right (punching) hand and may not play again this season, especially if he's traded to a team out of the playoff race."

Isola mentioned the Nuggets, Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks as teams that "cannot be ruled out."

Rivers Comments on Griffin Rumors

Friday, Feb. 5

"Blake's ours, and he's going to stay ours," Clippers president of basketball operations and head coach Doc Rivers said, per Bolch.

76ers Inquire About Griffin

Friday, Feb. 5

Sam Amico of Fox Sports reported the 76ers "have had discussions" with the Clippers about Griffin.

Clippers Playing Well Despite Griffin's Injury

The Clippers' rise this season has come without Griffin. They hold a 35-18 record overall but have gone 18-5 since their star power forward suffered a partially torn left quadriceps tendon on Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Compounding problems for Griffin is that he broke his hand during a fight with a member of the Clippers equipment staff last month. The injury is expected to keep him out for four to six weeks, per Bolch.

Rivers told reporters Jan. 29, per's Kevin Arnovitz, that Griffin "feels awful" about the fight and the team is prepared to forgive him.

Team owner Steve Ballmer told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that there "needs to be consequences" for Griffin's actions.

The NBA is investigating the incident, though Sam Amick of USA Today reported Feb. 3 the league is close to being done and the outcome "will likely result in discipline" for Griffin.

It's unclear what kind of return the Clippers could be looking to get for Griffin, who is under contract through the 2017-18 season. The team's success in his absence may have given Rivers and the front office enough confidence in the current roster to explore a possible deal.

There's no indication from Lawrence's report that a trade is imminent or even likely, so this could be the Clippers just doing their due diligence to see if they can get better to make a run at a title this year.

Griffin is still a dynamic force, averaging 23.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season, so he can make an impact on the floor wherever he's playing.