Know this — Blake Griffin wouldn’t mind playing with Chris Paul or Dwight Howard if the Clippers could swing one of them in a trade.
“Yea, I guess that’d be all right,” Griffin told ProBasketballTalk with a laugh. “That would be great, obviously, both of those guys are very, very good. But it’s got to be the best fit for the team and it’s got to make sense not just for this year but for the next several years.”
Also know that right now the trade situation is not Griffin’s focus, it is getting ready for the season. Well, on Monday his focus was making sandwiches for Subway (a product he endorses) as part of the company’s Customer Appreciation Month. Griffin admitted he gave away more sandwiches than he sold, which may not be best for business.
Which is okay, sandwiches are not his business. Basketball is. Griffin may be the best finisher around the rim in the game right now but he spent his summer working on an outside shot to balance that out.
“Really just working on my shot,” Griffin said. “A lot of midrange, a lot of face up out of the post, a lot of pick-and-pop, a lot of stuff like that. I’m not really worried about my three point shot right yet, that’s something that may come later, right now just becoming more consistent with the shots I’ll shoot in games.”
Which includes the 12-foot bank shot that Tim Duncan made a living on. Griffin broke that out at times last season.
“(The Tim Duncan bank) has always been one of my favorite shots out of the post, especially on the left block, but I really added it to both sides and getting more reps and all that,” Griffin said.
Last year the Clippers were everybody’s surprise team and fun to watch. And when they were healthy — with Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan and Mo Williams in the lineup — they were pretty good. Griffin says he wants to get into camp and get rolling this year with the team they have not focus on what could be (and how much of that core would have to be shipped out to make a deal for a superstar).
“Some of the free agency stuff is out of our hands, it’s got to be who is a good fit for the team,” Griffin said, sounding sincere while using a standard athlete cliché. “I know we are looking forward to getting everybody actually on the team into L.A. and start working….
“We need to get off to a fast start. We’ve got to stay healthy, we’ve got to go on the road and wins and win the games we’re supposed to.”
When this season ends Team USA will be put together to compete for the gold medal at the London Olympic Games. Griffin’s name has come up as a potential player on that squad. Griffin said he has not had contact with USA Basketball about that but certainly would listen.
“I have not talked to them about it but yes, playing for your country is one of the best honors you can have,” Griffin said.
But that’s another rumor. One Griffin is trying not to focus on as he prepares for the season.