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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.
Storyline: Blake Griffin Trade?
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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Pierce has two years and $7 million left on his contract with the Clippers. If he made a decision today, he might be back because of the pain that comes along with losing. “Every year when you lose that game, when you say it’s time to go home and no more basketball for the year, and you’re not holding up that trophy, it’s a tough pill to swallow,” Pierce said. “If you’re any type of competitor, if you have any type of dream, you’re always thinking about winning that championship. “ … I don’t want to make an emotional decision. Every heartbreak makes you want to come back.”