Trade season is fast approaching and with it comes the rumors and “what could have been” scenarios. The first of the season appears to have arrived. According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the Los Angeles Clippers offered Blake Griffin to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Karl-Anthony Towns.
Sources: The Los Angeles Clippers proposed a blockbuster deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves involving forward Blake Griffin and center Karl-Anthony Towns. Full story coming on @BBallInsiders.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 13, 2018
Scotto says talks never escalated beyond “exploratory”. The Timberwolves rebuffed the offer for Griffin, who is 29 and signed a max contract last summer worth over $29 million per season. Towns is making $6.2 million per year, meaning extra contracts would have to be thrown in to make the money work. Financials were not even discussed, according to Basketball Insiders.
Just this past summer the Clippers inked Griffin to a lucrative five-year $173 million dollar contract. After Chris Paul decided to play elsewhere, Los Angeles appeared full and ready to give the reigns of the franchise to Griffin. Perhaps that sentiment is already evaporating given the pedestrian record of the team. In addition to the Griffin trade talk, the Clippers have had discussion regarding All-Star center DeAndre Jordan.