Celtics Sign Blake Griffin to a 1-Year Deal

Blake Griffin during his time with the Clippers
Blake Griffin during his time with the Clippers. Photo by Austin Mcafee/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Six-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin will play for the Boston Celtics next season. Griffin reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the franchise on Friday.

Griffin spent the past season with the Brooklyn Nets. He played a limited role in 2021-22, averaging 17.1 minutes on the floor and putting up 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest.

According to ESPN’s insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Griffin’s deal with the Celtics is fully guaranteed.

Despite Griffin losing the athleticism that made him one of the best power forwards in the league at one point, his size and experience should prove beneficial for the Celtics. Boston’s frontcourt is riddled with injuries at the moment, with center Robert Williams III set to miss up to two months after knee surgery and forward Danilo Gallinari is out for the season after tearing his ACL.

Blake Griffin was drafted first overall in 2009 by the Los Angeles Clippers. After missing his rookie season due to a knee injury, Griffin went on to get five consecutive All-Star nods between 2011 and 2015 while also making the All-NBA teams four times.

Griffin left LA midway through 2017–18 as part of the Clippers’ rebuild and ended up with the Detroit Pistons. He spent three years in Detroit, earning another All-Star nod, before being bought out by the franchise towards the end of the 2020–21 campaign. He later signed with the Nets.

Throughout his NBA career, Griffin averaged 19.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 4.1 points per game.