With the start of NBA training camp a little over a month away, NBA free agency has quieted down lately. One player who’s still available is Blake Griffin, who remains unsigned after helping the Celtics reach the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
Griffin’s NBA future is currently uncertain, as it’s unclear whether another team will scoop him up or if he’ll decide to retire. Based on his latest comments about how much he enjoyed playing in Boston, however, he definitely seems open to a reunion with the C’s.
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The 34-year-old clearly enjoyed his time in Boston last season, praising the city, the fans and his teammates. It certainly helped that Celtics fans embraced him as one of their own, cheering hard for the six-time All-Star despite his limited role.
Coming from a well-traveled veteran like Griffin, his comments are even more meaningful. He’s played for two of the biggest cities in the country (Los Angeles and New York) and has spent time in every NBA city during his 13-year career, so Boston clearly made a strong impression on him in just one year.
Of course, Griffin’s comments could be read a couple of different ways. On the one hand, it could just be a veteran player reflecting back on his career and being grateful that he got to potentially end it on such a high note.
On the other hand, this could be his way of trying to convince the Celtics to bring him back for another year by signaling how much he likes to play there. Griffin is still chasing his first ring, and Boston currently has the second-best title odds on DraftKings Sportsbook for the upcoming season.
Given the recent injury histories of Robert Williams III and new acquisition Kristaps Porzingis, the Celts would be wise to add more depth in the frontcourt. Griffin isn’t the superstar he used to be, but he can still be an effective role player, as he proved by averaging 4.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 13.9 minutes per game.
Considering how much the fans and players liked him, Griffin still could be a good fit, especially if he’s willing to accept another cheap one-year contract.
Whether Griffin comes back or not, Boston still looks like a good bet to win it all this season. Make sure to place your bets at Caesars Sportsbook, as new users who sign up through the exclusive Chowder and Champion link below will unlock a $250 guaranteed bonus when they place a single $50 bet. It doesn’t even matter if that bet wins or loses — you get the full bonus either way. This offer expires soon though, so make sure to cash in now before it’s too late!
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