Celtics reportedly boost frontcourt depth by adding six-time All-Star
Just a couple of days into training camp, the Celtics are adding to their frontcourt. On Friday morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the team is signing veteran forward Blake Griffin to a fully-guaranteed one-year deal.
According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, the deal will pay Griffin the league minimum. Himmelsbach added the signing comes after the Celtics attended Griffin’s workouts in Las Angeles.
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By signing Griffin, the Celtics add much-needed veteran depth to their frontcourt following the news that starting center Robert Williams will likely miss the start of the season. Prior to adding Griffin, the Celtics’ top options to fill Williams’ role were either a small lineup with 6-foot-6 Grant Williams starting in his place, or go further down the bench to Luke Kornet, Bruno Caboclo, Noah Vonleh, or Mifondu Kabengele. Instead, Griffin gives the team an experienced and physical presence under the rim on both ends of the floor.
Griffin, 33, spent the majority of the last two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, starting 34 of the 82 games he played while averaging 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game. He entered the league as a first overall pick out of Oklahoma by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2009.
After missing his first season entirely due to a broken kneecap, Griffin was an All-Star his first five years in the league with four All-NBA seasons, before knee injuries seriously limited his availability. He was traded to the Detroit Pistons during the 2018 season, and was an All-Star the next year. After the 2021 trade deadline, he was bought out by the Pistons and signed with the Nets.
To make the Griffin signing official, the Celtics will need to open up a roster spot. They entered the day at the 20-player limit.
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