Report: Blake Griffin is contemplating retirement

Celtics

The six-time All-Star could have performed his ultimate NBA sport.

Blake Griffin (center) was a key member of the Celtics final season, particularly for a way he helped the staff off of the courtroom. Wilfredo Lee/AP Photograph

We could have seen the final of this NBA All-Star and Boston Celtic.

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Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens advised The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn that Blake Griffin is contemplating retirement. Stevens mentioned that he was occupied with bringing Griffin, who’s presently a free agent, again for one more 12 months, however the middle is uncertain of his future.

In his first and solely season with the Celtics, Griffin averaged 4.1 factors on 48.5% capturing from the sphere and 34.8% from the 3-point line. He performed in 41 video games final season and noticed the ground a median of 13.9 minutes in these video games.

If that was his final season, Griffin will say goodbye to a really completed NBA profession. He grew to become the forty fifth participant ever (in addition to the newest) to make an NBA All-Star sport in his rookie season in 2011, the 12 months he gained Rookie of the 12 months. Griffin has since made 5 extra All-Star Video games and 5 complete All-NBA appearances earlier than accidents caught as much as him and inhibited his manufacturing later in his profession.

Even when he was not in his prime, Stevens wished Griffin in Boston final 12 months. He advised Washburn how he made a number of makes an attempt to persuade Griffin to develop into a Celtic, and that Griffin agreed after initially refusing.

“I advised him, ‘We’d like to have you ever be part of us, however you might not play when Robert [Williams] will get again [from injury],’ Stevens mentioned to those that attended ABCD Hoop Goals, per Washburn. “He mentioned no. So I went by means of just a few extra days, referred to as him again, and mentioned, ‘Hey, I don’t imply to burden you. I do know you’ve received children. I do know you’ve mentioned no initially, however I simply wished to circle again earlier than I flip to different folks since you’re the very best match for our staff.’ He mentioned, ‘I thought of it and I wish to do it.”

By the 12 months’s finish, Griffin had develop into an vital locker room presence and a pal to all of his teammates. Stevens mentioned that everybody concerned with the Celtics cherished Griffin, and that regardless of how good of a participant he was, he was most impactful when he interacted with others.

“I’m not blowing smoke, it was pretty much as good because it will get,” Stevens mentioned. “He was unbelievable when he performed and even higher when he didn’t.”

Griffin will go away a robust legacy as an impactful participant on and off the courtroom if he chooses to retire. But when he ever decides he desires to come back again to Boston, Stevens will definitely take him up on his supply.

“He has a fan for all times from everyone in our group,” Stevens mentioned. “, if he decides to maintain enjoying, he desires to come back again out East, he is aware of we’re a telephone name away.”


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