Complicating the matter however, sources told ESPN's Michael Eaves, is that Griffin may not be ready for the start of the next season and could possibly be out until December due to a toe injury that cut short his postseason. A separate source told Shelburne the team believes Griffin's toe will be healed and he'll likely be ready for the start of the season.
Brad Turner: Blake Griffin had successful surgery today to repair plantar plate injury to right big toe. Surgery was in Charlotte
Bill Oram: No official recovery timeline for Blake Griffin following surgery, but Clippers believe he will be ready to play in preseason.
Bill Oram: Update on Blake Griffin: He is seeing a specialist on the East Coast. Appointment was scheduled before the Clippers forced Game 7.
Marc J. Spears: Clippers forward Blake Griffin to miss rest of playoffs due to toe injury pic.twitter.com/ariIa2FKFu
Arash Markazi: Blake Griffin is out for the rest of the playoffs after injuring the plantar plate on his right big toe.
Bobby Marks: Griffin has a $21.4m (Early Termination Option) for 17-18. Opt-out date is on or before June 28. Max salary slot is $30.3m for next season.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin has left Game 3 against the Jazz with a bruised right big toe and will not return. The five-time All-Star left the game with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter after landing awkwardly following a transition layup. He had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes. Griffin had X-rays at the arena that were negative and the Clippers planned to re-evaluate him later Friday night. He averaged 25 points, six rebounds and 2.5 assists in the first two games of the series.
Kevin Arnovitz: Blake Griffin will play tonight against the 76ers in Philadelphia. He will be on a minutes restriction. He will start.
Sam Amick: Blake Griffin ready to return from knee surgery in Philly tonight, I'm told. (Dec. 18 last game). Doc Rivers called it 'likely' last night.
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin said on Saturday that he's ready to return to action, and expects to take the floor during the Clippers' current road trip. "I'm as close as you can feel," Griffin said in his first public comments since he underwent a routine arthroscopic procedure to remove loose bodies from his right knee on Dec. 20.
Sources say the most likely return date for Griffin is the Clippers' Tuesday night date at Philadelphia. Following their game at Denver, the Clippers fly to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Monday night.
Brad Turner: Blake Griffin said will play on this trip but not tonight vs Denver. Clips play Atlanta Monday and Philly Tuesday
Dan Woike: Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out, but he went through a pretty extensive workout pregame w/ no brace/sleeve on his knee.
Griffin will miss his 13th consecutive game on Wednesday night. Rivers wouldn't specify a return date, but team sources said the Clippers are hopeful he could return during the last week of January, which would correspond with the initial diagnosis of four to six weeks.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin is on target for his return, coach Doc Rivers said Wednesday night. "He feels great," Rivers said prior to the Clippers' game against the Orlando Magic at Staples Center. "He told me that he's felt as good as he's felt in a long time. I think that the four to five weeks ... it's still that."
After Blake Griffin had another routine follow-up examination Thursday on the right knee he had surgery on last month, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said his star forward has been making progress. Rivers said Griffin has looked great when they saw him at the team’s practice facility in Playa Vista. “You can just tell he’s in better spirits, which tells me that his body is feeling better,” Rivers said. “That’s good.”
Rivers said forward Blake Griffin, who is two weeks into his recovery from right-knee surgery, has “been out on the floor, but I can’t tell you what he’s actually doing, so I don’t know. I’m sure he’s shooting free throws.” Griffin, who has a 21.2-point average, is expected to be out until late January.
Rowan Kavner: Clippers announce Griffin underwent his procedure. Updated timeframe is 4-6 weeks pic.twitter.com/pDOxri9FLx
Ramona Shelburne: Essentially: Blake's knee had been bothering him for a few weeks. Was swelling up and sore. Drs decided better to do this now than later.
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin will undergo minor surgery on his right knee and is expected to return at some point in January, league sources told The Vertical. Griffin will undergo the procedure, considered a “clean up,” early this week, league sources said. Recently, Griffin has also struggled with left calf and knee soreness. Griffin played 38 minutes in the Clippers’ loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday, posting 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Rivers casually mentioned that the team is monitoring Blake Griffin and a sore right knee, a problem that could keep Griffin out of the lineup Saturday when the Clippers host New Orleans on Saturday at Staples Center. The team has currently lost two in a row at home and five of their last seven. A Clippers spokesperson said Griffin will be a gametime decision against the Pelicans, though the injury is “nothing serious.”
But, according to one opposing team exec, there is another question with Griffin. “I still think there’s a concern with his leg,” he said, referring to a partially torn left quad tendon that cost Griffin serious time last season and never fully healed before causing him to miss the end of the playoffs. He reportedly received a bone marrow injection following the season, which is keeping him off the U.S. Olympic team. “We looked into him, and we’re hearing that’s a pretty serious thing,” the source continued. “I’m not saying you don’t go after him, but you’d better be really sure about that leg before you go making any big commitments.”
Marc J. Spears: Clippers say Blake Griffin will not play for @usabasketball this summer after bone marrow procedure in his left quad https://t.co/aWrvPao2uv
Dan Woike: Bullet points from Doc's media session today: No one needs surgery, team wants to bring back as many FA as possible...
Arash Markazi: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin did not make the trip. They will be watching Game 6 in Los Angeles. es.pn/1XYeexT
Ben Bolch: The doctor I spoke with earlier this month said PRP-type therapy plus rest should make Blake Griffin as good as new. Blake Griffin didn't opt for this procedure when initially hurt because it would have ended his season. Olympics are out for Blake Griffin because he'll be unable to engage in basketball activities for several months.
Griffin could’ve and maybe should’ve undergone the procedure to fix the tendon immediately after suffering the injury on Christmas, according to league sources, but it would’ve ended his Clippers season because of a four- to six-month recovery. So he tried to strengthen the other areas of his leg, gut it out and heal somewhat to be there, even at a substandard level, for his team’s playoff run.
Marc J. Spears: Clippers say Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the playoffs after aggravating the injury to his left quad tendon last night in Game 4
That’s not all. Blake Griffin’s partially torn quad tendon is acting up again, and he wasn’t able to play down the stretch. “It doesn’t look great for him, either,” Rivers said. “We’ll see about it tomorrow.” He said Griffin felt it when he planted on the leg. “We’re not sure with Blake yet,” Rivers said. “I think he’ll get evaluted tomorrow when we get back. I would say 50-50 on the next game with him. I expect him to be back, but we don’t know that yet. So I don’t want to say much.”
The question becomes whether or not Griffin has fully re-integrated himself after the Clippers played a majority of the season without their All-Star power forward. "I don’t know the answer,” head coach Doc Rivers said. "I think we’ll see. He’s had not only five games, but he’s had some practice time. Obviously, it’s not the exact way you would have wanted it, but we’ll take what we can get. We got him (Griffin) back, and that’s better than not getting him back. So, I’ll take that."
Ben Bolch: Doc Rivers said Blake Griffin will play against Dallas and Memphis but may not against Phoenix.
It’s an injury Griffin say may still need to be addressed this summer. In the meantime, he wants to help how he can, but he knows he needs to be smart as he tries to help the Clippers down the stretch with seven games left in the season. “It’s tough because you want to play a lot and make up for missed time,” Griffin said. “But, you’ve got to be patient and only do what my body allows me to do. This will test my patience a lot. It’ll be good.”
Blake Griffin’s eager but realistic as he gets set to return to action Sunday for the first time since missing 45 games with quad and hand injuries. It’s the former injury that started his absence and extended it, as he tried to figure out the right way to go about his rehab once he started missing games in late December. “It just wasn’t being allowed to heal,” Griffin said. “The tear is still there. It’s just about managing the pain and getting through this.”
Griffin said there was no re-tear of the injury or a separate tear, but the small tear became a three-month absence because it took time to figure out the right way for it to heal. “We weren’t addressing the initial problem, the main problem,” Griffin said. “Everything I was doing was just putting more stress on my knee.”
Rowan Kavner: Doc confirms Blake should be ready for next Sunday's game against Wizards. Still figuring out minutes/starting/etc in first game back
But Rivers knows he can’t just rush to cash in the chips the Clippers have accumulated. Ideally, the team would get Griffin back as soon as possible, to try and knock off as much rust as possible heading into the playoffs. But, that might not be the reality, and Rivers knows it. “It’s just whenever he’s ready,” he said. “I don’t care what it is. I don’t care if it’s zero (games before), to be honest now, as long as he’s playing to start the playoffs. Is that ideal way of going into a playoff series? No, but I’d rather have him than not. That’s the way I look at it.”
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been medically cleared for contact and will participate in his first practice of 2016 on Saturday, coach Doc Rivers said. The five-time All-Star has yet to be activated for games and must still serve a four-game suspension once he does return to the active roster. The earliest Griffin can be activated is for Sunday's matinee against the Denver Nuggets, although Rivers was reticent to commit to any date. "I don't know yet. We'll see. I doubt it, but I will see," Rivers said Saturday. "I don't know if one practice is enough to -- I think we got to activate him when we think he's ready to play.
The final hurdle in Griffin’s being cleared to practice was his partially torn quadriceps tendon, which had sidelined him since the Clippers’ game against the Lakers on Christmas Day. The quad healed more slowly than Griffin’s hand, forcing Griffin to briefly scale back his workouts earlier this month. The Clippers were slated to hold only a light practice Saturday, and it was not clear whether they would need to see Griffin participate in a more rigorous scrimmage before activating him. “I don’t know if one practice is enough to activate him,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. We’ve got to activate him when we think he’s ready to play.”
It's been a poorly kept secret around the Clippers that it now appears Griffin won't be back until sometime in April. But a person familiar with his rehab told CBS Sports Wednesday that Griffin is going hard in his workouts and getting closer to a return. "He's really close," the person said. Griffin has yet to be cleared to practice, though, and even when he is, he'll have to serve a four-game suspension over the incident with the equipment manager.
Robert Morales: Doc Rivers says @Blake Griffin's hand is ahead of quad in healing process #clippers #cavaliers
Griffin’s timetable to return has been pushed back to the end of March after the partially torn tendon he suffered in his left quad back on Dec. 25 didn’t respond to an increase in workout intensity. While Griffin hasn’t suffered a specific setback, he’s not progressed in a way that matched Rivers’ optimism earlier this month before the Clippers’ win over Oklahoma City on March 2. “He’s looking good. He really is,” Rivers said that night. “Honestly, I was watching him today and I was like … in my mind thinking ‘We could use some of that tonight.’”
Griffin’s timetable to return has been pushed slightly back to late March. While Griffin hasn’t suffered a specific setback, he hasn’t progressed in a way that matched Doc Rivers’ optimism earlier this month. Before a game on March 2, Rivers was so encouraged with a workout he witnessed at the team’s practice facility that he did something he almost never does – speculate about an injury timetable. While he didn’t provide specifics, Rivers said Griffin looked “really close.” “He’s looking good. He really is,” Rivers said that night. “Honestly, I was watching him today and I was like … in my mind thinking ‘We could use some of that tonight.’”
Blake Griffin told reporters at his jersey ceremony in Oklahoma he’s “very close” to a return, then gave further reason to believe that Wednesday night before the Clippers played the Thunder. Griffin warmed up on the court before a game for the first time since his injuries, putting up mid-range jump shots with ease. Just like Griffin, head coach Doc Rivers described the power forward as “very close” to a return. “The last couple days, he’s been playing and looking great,” Rivers said.
Griffin still hasn’t been cleared for contact, according to Rivers, but it sounds as if that may be the only hurdle stopping Griffin. “That’s probably why he’s not playing,” Rivers said. “My guess is that he’s healthy, but the hand doctor probably has not cleared him for contact as far as getting hit. That’s the only thing. Honestly, watching him today, I was thinking that has to be the only reason is they’re worried it’s not healed properly yet. That’s the only thing I can come up with.”
Soon, Griffin will be able to talk to his teammates about it back on the court, as he gets closer to a return while rehabbing from hand and quad injuries. “Very close,” Griffin said. “Not exactly sure on the timetable, but very close.”
“It was obviously a little tough, and those two guys are two of my best friends,” Jordan told USA TODAY Sports. “(But) boys are boys, you know what I mean? And stuff happens. You talk, fight about it, get over it, and that’s it. This is just on a bigger (scale). I think those guys are good, and as a team we’re focused on basketball. That’s what kind of got us through the nonsense. “(Griffin is) obviously down that he can’t play. He’s upset about the fact that he can’t help us out right now. But he’s still working, doing his rehab and conditioning and all of that stuff just to get back, so we’re just trying to keep his spirits up.”
Dan Woike: After ceremony in Norman, Blake Griffin tells media he's "very close" to returning to action. Said he's not sure of exact timetable.
Q: Do you have a return date in mind for Griffin? Rivers: “No. We have no idea. I don’t ever look because it doesn’t do anything for me.” Q: What can Griffin do in practice now? Rivers: “He’s shooting now. He’s running a little bit.”
Q: How are Griffin’s spirits? Rivers: “His spirits are good. Listen, you make a mistake in life, you take a hit. We all have made mistakes. Unfortunately for Blake, he makes them publicly when he makes a mistake. A lot of people get to make a mistake in private. As an NBA athlete, you make it in public.
Ben Bolch: Doc Rivers on Blake Griffin's injury: "Blake yesterday said he felt a lot better, but that’s an injury where we just have to wait and see."
While no one knows exactly when Griffin will return from his surgically repaired broken right hand, he’s not behind schedule as of yet. Griffin met with doctors earlier this week, and is said to be on track.
Blake Griffin's punching hand is still swollen and scarred ... roughly one week after the NBA star underwent surgery for injuries caused from his Toronto fistfight ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. The Clippers star finally surfaced in L.A. on Wednesday -- and you can see the scar on his right hand from last Tuesday's procedure to repair the spiral fracture on his 4th metacarpal.
During the dinner, Griffin and Testi began arguing, with sources saying that Testi was taunting Griffin in one fashion or another -- either by calling him a derogatory name or saying the team, which had gone 11-2 since Griffin was injured, was better without him.
July 30, 2021 | 11:47 am EDT Update
Andrew Greif: Clippers president Lawrence Frank, post-draft, acknowledged Kawhi Leonard’s recovery will take “a great deal of time.” The team wants its relationship with the star to also last a very long time: latimes.com/sports/clipper…
Marc Stein: The Jazz will be pressing hard to re-sign Mike Conley, league sources say, and are preparing an offer estimated in the three-year, $75 million range. More coming soon in my This Week In Basketball column you can get directly by signing up here: marcstein.substack.com
Chris Haynes: Free agent point guard Emmanuel Mudiay — the No. 7 pick in the 2015 Draft and only 25 — intends to play Summer League for the Portland Trail Blazers, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Tomer Azarly: “We want them back as Clippers. We respect that they have a choice to make. With Kawhi, we hope to have a very long-term relationship with him… We’d like to bring Reggie, Nico back. We hope Serge opts in. We have other FA as well.” Lawrence Frank on free agency.
July 30, 2021 | 11:19 am EDT Update
Marc Stein: Teams interested in Atlanta restricted free agent John Collins have grown increasingly pessimistic that Collins can be signed away from the Hawks, league sources say. More coming in today’s This Week In Basketball column at marcstein.substack.com
Paul has a $44.2 million player option for 21-22 with the Suns that he could decline to become an outright free agent. Paul could also pick up the option and sign an extension with the Suns. “The feeling within the league now is that Chris Paul is going to stay put in Phoenix,” said Brian Windhorst on The Hoop Collective podcast. “The belief is Chris Paul will not ever be on the open market.”