One of the best parts about this time of the NBA season is the constant and seemingly endless string of trade rumors that pour out of NBA offices each hour. Look no further than the minute-by-minute updates on the Andrew Bynum rumors that continued even after he had indeed been traded and then cut.
Just about every big name is mentioned in trade talks, but one name to watch may be Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. It has been noted that he doesn’t mesh well with center DeAndre Jordan and that has many pondering the idea that the Clippers could move on from Griffin in order to secure the final piece of the championship puzzle.
Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher mentioned in his latest piece that the Clippers don’t seem interested in trading Griffin, but an NBA GM stated the Clippers — specifically owner Donald Sterling — might be too scared to trade Griffin. The GM, who Bucher states has a player that would fit better with Jordan than Griffin currently does (my speculative mind thinks this GM’s name rhymes with Sip Flaunders), says Sterling is afraid to trade Griffin because if the trade doesn’t work out, he doesn’t want people to point and laugh for trading Griffin away.
This is a valid reason to have trade fright, but it may also be something keeping the Clippers from getting a guy who fits better with Jordan and is that final piece to the championship puzzle (this player with name that could rhyme with Levin Kove).
The trade deadline is fast approaching, and while the Clippers don’t seem ready or willing to trade Griffin, the situation is defiantly one to watch.