When the 2022 playoffs rolled around, Blake Griffin played his last games with the Brooklyn Nets against the Boston Celtics before making the transfer.
Multiple outlets are reporting that Griffin and the Celtics have agreed on a one-year, fully guaranteed deal. Even though Griffin’s contract with the Celtics has not been officially announced as of this writing, the 33-year-old was photographed entering TD Garden on Sunday wearing Celtics clothing in advance of Boston’s preseason opener against the Charlotte Hornets.
Griffin briefly conversed with Celtics standout Jaylen Brown, who found humor in the words of the seasoned forward.
Blake Griffin greet Jaylen Brown after Celtics’ reported signing
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) October 2, 2022
Blake Griffin is entering his 14th NBA season and has long since lost the athleticism that made him an All-Star for the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2017, he played only 17.1 minutes per game for the Nets and scored 6.4 points on 26.2 percent shooting from deep.
Nonetheless, with Robert Williams and Danilo Gallinari out for an extended period of time, the Celtics were in need of some experienced depth, and Griffin will give that for a reasonable price.
On Saturday, Celtics guard Marcus Smart said of Griffin, “He’s not over the rim anymore, but he still does incredible stuff.” “Professionally, he excels. After last season, he once again topped the league in taken charges. That says a lot about what he achieves for a man who doesn’t play as much.”
Maybe Blake Griffin will have his first opportunity to shine in Celtics green in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Toronto Raptors.