With Russell Westbrook signed on for the next three years, the Oklahoma City Thunder know who they want to pair him with to create their next dynamic 1-2 punch.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Thunder plan to “pounce” on All-Star forward Blake Griffin once he hits free agency after next season. Griffin, 27, has spent his entire six-year career with the Los Angeles and when he hits free agency, they will be able to offer him the most money of any team.
However, Griffin is coming off an injury-riddled campaign in which he missed 47 games due to a torn quad and a broken hand; an injury he suffered a broken hand while punching a Clippers staff member. Those actions tarnished his reputation prolonged his time away from the court.
Wojnarowski adds that there some tension between Griffin and point guard Chris Paul, which likely increases the chances of the Thunder luring Griffin out of Los Angeles.
Late last month, Clippers head coach and team president Doc Rivers squashed any rumors that the Clippers may be looking to trade Griffin.
"First off, no teams are calling right now, because teams know we have no interest," Rivers told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. "It just shows you the different times," he said. "Everyone believes that they're media now. There's so many good credible [reporters], and then there's some of the guys who are bloggers who have nothing to do with the sport."
While the Celtics have been another team linked to Griffin on multiple occasions, pairing Griffin with Westbrook OKC could be the next chapter of Thunder basketball.