Blake Griffin’s upcoming free-agency is already generating a huge buzz with still more than two months to go before the free-agency window officially opens on July 1. The All-Star bruiser is currently in the middle of a playoff series with the Utah Jazz, but teams are now lining up for the opportunity to snatch one of the league’s elite big men from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Switching to Purple and Gold

Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report wrote an article recently about the possibility of Griffin joining another team this summer. While re-signing with the Clippers would be the most financially rewarding option out there as the team could actually offer more money on the table ($25+ million per year), the NBA analyst also believes Griffin could seek a way out of the Clippers for a fresh start elsewhere.

Ding mentioned the Lakers and Celtics as the top-two teams that will aggressively pursue Griffin once he enters the free-agency market. The Lakers, in particular, may convince the superstar to stay in Los Angeles and become the lynchpin of its young core consists of D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram.

Lakers president of basketball operation Magic Johnson made it clear during the exit interview that the plan is to inject talent to the roster without disrupting the development and chemistry of its young players. Griffin, with his low-post presence and rebounding skills, appears to be a good fit for the rebuilding Lakers.

Celtics Keep on Hunting

Again, the Celtics are expected to be one of the major players this summer, either in Free Agency or on the trade market.

Boston had already added Al Horford to fortify their frontline last summer, but general manager Danny Ainge can make it even more formidable with the acquisition of Griffin, who is averaging 21.5 points and 9.6 rebounds over six seasons in the NBA. The Celtics are projected to have over $20 million in cap space money heading into the free-agency season, making this team a feasible destination for big-time free-agents.

Returning to Oklahoma

Griffin, who played college ball for the Oklahoma Sooners, could also consider returning home, where he can join forces with triple-double machine Russell Westbrook. Ding feels a potential partnership between Griffin and Westbrook is an interesting fit since both are very athletic and dynamic players, especially in the open court.

However, the NBA analyst still thinks staying in Los Angeles is a priority for Griffin because of his interest in the entertainment industry.

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