Veteran forward Blake Griffin signs one-year deal with Celtics
With the start of the 2022-23 season quickly approaching, teams around the league are working toward filling their regular-season rosters.
The Boston Celtics have been one of the league’s busiest organizations. The front office has worked to add depth and more of a veteran presence to the roster.
The Celtics have taken another step in that direction by signing former All-Star forward Blake Griffin to a one-year, fully guaranteed deal.
Griffin had spent the last 1 1/2 seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, where he played a key role off the bench. He is no longer the player he once was due to his history of leg injuries and surgeries but can provide a much-needed scoring punch.
The Celtics need that given their struggles with injuries this offseason to the front court. Offseason addition Danilo Gallinari will miss several weeks due to a torn ACL he suffered last month in FIBA World Cup qualifying. Meanwhile, center Robert Williams underwent knee surgery last week that will keep him off the floor for eight to 12 weeks.
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Griffin won’t provide the defensive presence, but he can be a reliable scoring option that can stretch the floor with his shooting beyond the arc. He won’t have to play an extended role, but he will like to be in a pivotal spot while Williams and Gallinari are on the mend.
It’s also a golden opportunity for Griffin to showcase that he still has plenty left in the tank to be a key contributor to a championship contender.