HoopsHype Blake Griffin rumors

August 6, 2014 Updates

"My whole thing is that I didn't want to go into [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position," he said. "It's not that my back is broken and I'm walking around with a broken back, or I'm in so much pain. "But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I'm probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn't do that." Los Angeles Times

July 31, 2014 Updates

Love was hardly the only player to pull out. Portland Trailblazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was the first to do so, and his continued lack of interest in the Team USA program is surely doing nothing to help with his equity. San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard also chose not to take part after enduring a long championship run. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin pulled out as well, and it was eventually revealed by way of an ESPN.com report that a minor back problem was to blame. "I didn't know specifics (of Griffin pulling out), but I was told that it had to do with his back," Colangelo said. "So how could I be upset about someone not coming because he had an issue (with his body)? You've got to protect the asset." USA Today Sports

July 28, 2014 Updates

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs. However, doctors advised him to sit out of international competition this summer for precautionary reasons. Griffin has continued to workout this summer in Los Angeles with teammate DeAndre Jordan and former Laker and Clipper Sasha Vujacic. ESPN.com

What is your reaction to Kevin Love and Blake Griffin deciding not to play just days before training camp? Krzyzewski: "We've done this for nine years now. These things, I've got accustomed to them happening. That's why there is a pool of players. That's why with [USA Basketball executive director] Jerry's [Colangelo] leadership we developed a program where you just don't pick 12 players, you develop a program. We're disappointed, obviously. …You're getting into the last week. It's the last weekend. And both of those guys figured prominently into what we were planning then. But now we have to plan something new. In 2010, we had nobody from the [2008] Olympic team go to the world championship. It gave an opportunity to some younger guys and some older guys. Lamar Odom was brilliant during that time. We just have to figure out how other people will step up." Yahoo! Sports

July 24, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin today announced that he will not participate on the USA Basketball Men’s National Team this summer. Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected. NBA.com

“I appreciate the invitation to play for Team USA this summer,” Griffin said. “It is a special opportunity anytime you have a chance to represent your country, and I was honored to be included. However, right now I want to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the Clippers.” NBA.com

July 22, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard, were scheduled to participate in promotional appearances in Manila this week, and the NBA has told its Players Association that the event organizers failed to gain league approval, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

July 21, 2014 Updates

Arash Markazi: Vujacic and Griffin have been working out with @gameshapeinc in L.A. leading up to the start of training camp. http://t.co/zhTZxmvkID Twitter @ArashMarkazi

July 17, 2014 Updates

ESPY Awards host Drake delivered a hilarious monologue to start the show, in which he jokingly acknowledged being a bandwagon fan and blew air in Lance Stephenson’s ear. At one point, Drake took a shot at Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and Blake Griffin’s reaction was priceless. Drake noted that the audience was just a few hundred yards from the Staples Center, which is “as close as Donald Sterling is allowed to get.” The camera immediately cut to Griffin in the audience, who tried to stifle a laugh. For The Win

July 14, 2014 Updates

The Roster: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faired, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chandler Parson, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson. CSNNW.com

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Obviously, Riley's ultimate desire is to keep James, but I'm told that if he must lose him, his preference would be to sign-and-trade him to the Clippers for Blake Griffin. If James decides he's leaving, that would indeed be the next best thing for Miami. And while the Clippers aren't at the top of his list, they can't be ruled out completely. ESPN.com

June 25, 2014 Updates

One player they have no interest in moving, however, is forward Blake Griffin. While the Clippers would need to move significant players and money to make a run at either James or Anthony, sources told ESPN that Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers has told Griffin on numerous occasions that he considers him "untouchable" in any trade. ESPN.com

June 24, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers have strong interest in pursuing LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony if they can clear the requisite salary cap space to make a maximum-level offer to the superstars, who have both elected to become free agents starting July 1. One player they have no interest in moving, however, is forward Blake Griffin. While the Clippers would need to move significant players and money to make a run at either James or Anthony, sources told ESPN that Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers has told Griffin on numerous occasions that he considers him "untouchable" in any trade. ESPN.com

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