The Denver Nuggets had the opportunity to acquire Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers, but refused to go ahead with the trade, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
It was initially reported that the Nuggets spoke to the Clippers earlier this month to inquire whether Griffin was available, but the Clippers were not interested in trading their star player.
However, it has since been reported that the Clippers contacted the Nuggets about a potential trade, but an agreement could not be reached. Griffin was recently suspended for four games without pay for punching the team’s assistant equipment manager, Matias Testi, last month. The 26-year-old broke his right hand during the altercation and has undergone two surgeries to repair it, leaving him on the sidelines for four to six weeks.
“I’ve been told the Clippers actually called Denver and offered Blake Griffin and Lance Stephenson for Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic,” Broussard was quoted as saying by RealGM.com. “Denver turned it down because Blake will be a free agent after next season. Plus they like some of those young kids.”
However, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers is reported to have said that there was never contact about a potential deal and added that the Clippers have no intentions of trading Griffin.
“Doc Rivers, I talked to him about that very deal. He said not true. There’s no way Blake’s getting traded,” Broussard was quoted as saying by Pro Basketball Talk.
Griffin has not featured for the Clippers since December 26 as he partially tore his left quadriceps tendon during his side’s 94-84 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on December 25.
In the 30 games he has played this season, Griffin has been averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists.