Kevin Durant’s Veteran Teammate Hints at Potential Union With Kawhi Leonard in First Post-Playoffs Shock for Nets

Published 04/27/2022, 11:47 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) reacts to guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Pistons 130-123. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As soon as the Brooklyn Nets’ season was over, several trade rumors started doing the rounds. While there are still uncertainties about Kyrie, and Durant’s future in the Nets, Kyrie cleared the air. Kyrie said that he doesn’t have a plan to play anywhere else. And said that he and KD will work closely with the front office to build a strong team. 

But this new rumor is about a role player from the Nets’ roster. It is about Blake Griffin signing with the Clippers. Once a superstar, now Blake is nowhere near his Clippers’ days. And he himself has fueled the trade rumors by liking a post on Twitter.

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A fan tweeted and asked Blake Griffin to come back to the LA Clippers to play with Kawhi and Paul George. And Blake Griffin has liked the tweet. This has excited a lot of Clippers fans who would welcome Griffin with open arms. Blake played 8 seasons for the Clippers from 2010 to 2018.

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Lob city

During his time with the Clippers, Griffin formed a unique partnership with Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. The number of alley-oops they made every game was insane. So much so that they were nicknamed ‘The Lob City’.

They were having fun on the court, and the Clippers’ fans enjoyed every minute of the show. Even most non Clipper fans loved watching those lobs.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 31: DeAndre Jordan #6 (L) of the Los Angeles Clippers is intercetped by Chris Paul #3, Blake Griffin #32, and head coach Doc Rivers after Jordan got in an altercation with Andrew Bogut #12 of the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 31, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 126-115. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

He was the face of the Clippers’ organization and was a franchise player. The Los Angeles Clippers selected Blake as the #1 draft pick in 2009. His start to life in the NBA was impressive and exceeded expectations. In his first season, Griffin averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.

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And he deservedly won the Rookie of the Year award. The high flyer also won the NBA slam dunk contest. Additionally, he made the All-Star team 5 times during his Clippers’ tenure.

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But things didn’t end well between Blake Griffin and the Clippers. In 2018 the Clippers shockingly traded him to the Detroit Pistons even after signing a 5-year contract extension. 

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In an interview, Blake Griffin revealed that he would have liked the Clippers to have informed his agent about the trade. This sour ending might make things trickier for Blake and the Clippers.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.

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