Steve Blake opts in with Blazers

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May 1, 2016 | 10:09 am EDT Update
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That’s not to say there was no interest expressed in Griffin at this year’s trade deadline, especially with Griffin having taken a PR hit by hurting his hand during a fight at dinner with a team employee. There was hope that Griffin could be had on the cheap, but multiple sources said that, while the Clippers considered offers, they were certainly not going to be lowballed for Griffin.
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There was, though, what one source termed as, “groundwork,” for potential Griffin deals that could be revisited in the coming weeks, either at the draft or in the wake of free agency. The Nuggets were among the teams connected with Griffin, but the Clippers’ asking price and the Denver ballpark offer were not even close. The Celtics and Bulls were among other teams that inquired about Griffin, but never got traction.
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By then, Karl had contributed mightily to his own demise. Instead of establishing new rules and breaking the five-year pattern of enabling Cousins, he internalized the continual disrespect and turned the other cheek until that fateful night near the end of the 2014-15 season. “I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz,” Karl said, “and some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable. I still believe that. But I should have been smart enough not to say it, and I in no way, at any time, thought DeMarcus was going to get traded.”
During an interview with Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo on Wednesday, I wondered how the uncertainty of Embiid’s situation factors into the team’s plans in a draft in which they could have two picks in the top 4. “It’s a great question,” he said. “There is some difficulty there. We’re not sure what to expect. Also there’s the topic of compatibility of parts. The question is: how have Nerlens (Noel) and Jahlil (Okafor) meshed so far? We’ve thought about how it might look with Joel (in the mix).”
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