It’s “tough to envision” Blake Griffin getting a bigger role next season on a different team than the one had on the Boston Celtics — this, at least, according to MassLive’s Brian Robb who updated an inquiring reader about the 34-year-old’s free agency process.
“At this point, I think (Griffin’s) just taking his time like he did last summer,” Robb wrote. “He’s not going to get anything more than the veteran’s minimum from any team at this point of his career. It’s also tough to envision him getting much of a bigger role on a contender than he would in Boston given the current complexion of the roster.” Robb believes that things are fluid, though, in the event a seismic trade of the James Harden or Damian Lillard variety does eventually come to fruition.
“With the free agent and trade market at a crawl at this point though, it’s possible another big deal (Harden or Lillard) could shake up a couple of different rosters and create some opportunities,” Robb wrote.
If Blake Griffin decides to play, re-signing with the Boston Celtics ‘appears to be the move’
Robb is most certainly in the camp of expecting a Griffin return to the Boston Celtics for the 2023-24 season, continuously stressing that the former mayor of Lob City is just taking his time to survey the free agent landscape.
“(Griffin) took his time last season to pick a landing spot, waiting until a week into training camp to make that choice,” Robb wrote. “A similar patient play appears to be the move this year as well but I’d bet on him ultimately landing in Boston if he does decide to play.”
Griffin provided admirable fill-in work for a Celtics frontcourt that needed to preserve Al Horford with no back-to-backs and was missing Robert Williams III for nearly 60% of the 2022-23 season. Given his positive locker room presence, there should be little objection to bringing Griffin back in a reserve role, the Houdini thinks.