Clippers not interested in trading Blake Griffin despite proposals from other teams
Multiple teams have contacted the Clippers about acquiring Blake Griffin after he punched a team assistant equipment manager, said a person close to the situation not authorized to discuss it publicly, but the team has no active interest in trading its five-time All-Star power forward.
The Clippers have fielded calls involving various trade proposals but remain reluctant to part with a cornerstone of their franchise and a player who, at age 26, was having possibly his best season before he was sidelined by a quadriceps injury the day after Christmas and subsequently a broken hand sustained in a scuffle with assistant equipment manager Matias Testi.
Griffin repeatedly punched Testi on Jan. 23 at a restaurant in Toronto, leaving Testi with a swollen face and Griffin with a broken right hand, which is supposed to sideline him until March.
Neither Griffin nor Testi accompanied the Clippers on their five-game trip that starts Friday night against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center.
Griffin, who is under contract through the 2016-17 season, was averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting 50.8% before being sidelined by a partially torn left quadriceps tendon.
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