With former Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford teaming up with point guard Isaiah Thomas in Boston, the Celtics are destined to climb the ranks in the Eastern Conference after improving their roster via this summer’s free agency frenzy. However, the team is not quite done.
They are looking to add one of the league’s premier players to form a “Big 3” with Thomas and Horford.
Recent speculation has held that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who was teammates with now-former Thunder star Kevin Durant for eight years, is on the trading block. Westbrook, however, is set to become a free agent after next season. Adding him now would not give the Celtics a long-term commitment, especially with rumors circulating about Westbrook’s desire to possibly return to his hometown of Los Angeles to play for the Lakers in 2017.
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With that in mind and with Westbrook’s representatives having no word from the Thunder organization about a potential deal, the next target is Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, whom the Celtics had considered trading for all season, according to reports.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who is not in favor of moving Griffin, would want a core of young players in return for the five-time all star to remain in Western Conference contention with Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan leading the charge.
Despite the team having already landed Horford, Danny Ainge and the front office in Boston are not satisfied quite yet.
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