Blake Griffin Finds A Home For 2022-23

He fell out of favor with the Brooklyn Nets and head coach Steve Nash last season, but 33-year-old power forward Blake Griffin still has something to offer. The Boston Celtics—a team in need of a big man—agreed, and have signed the veteran to a one-year deal.

It's a fully-guaranteed contract, as per NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, and is said to be a veteran's minimum deal ($2.9M). 

The Celtics were desperate for some front-court help after losing both Danilo Gallinari and Robert Williams to injuries. Gallo is out for the year, Williams likely until Christmas. And when it came time to decide on the bigger need—filling some of the shot-making of Gallo or some of the defense at the center spot of Williams, Brad Stevens decided to go with the latter. 

The Celtics attended Griffin's recent workouts in Los Angeles, and saw enough to bring him on board.

He may not be the high-flying lob-city Griffin of old anymore, but he can be a big body on defense. He is now yet another Celtic who is expert at taking charges. 

In 56 games for the Nets last season, Griffin had career lows across the board, in points (6.4), rebounds (4.1) and assists (1.9). He also shot just 26.2% from beyond the arc. 

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