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NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Aggressive in Blake Griffin Trade; Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic Need Clippers Leader

( [email protected] ) Feb 22, 2017 05:57 AM EST
After losing LeBron James and Dwyane Wade over quibbling their contract, it looks like Pat Riley is raring to get the Miami Heat back on track. With Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic flailing in their mission to save the team this season, the front office seems to realize that a player with an All-Star status is sorely missing in the lineup. Hence, a Blake Griffin trade is reported to be in the works.
The Los Angeles Clippers expect Blake Griffin to rejoin DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul in an effort to beat Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors. Keith Allison/Flickr CC

After losing LeBron James and Dwyane Wade over quibbling their contract, it looks like Pat Riley is raring to get the Miami Heat back on track. With Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic flailing in their mission to save the team this season, the front office seems to realize that a player with an All-Star status is sorely missing in the lineup. Hence, a Blake Griffin trade is reported to be in the works.

The Los Angeles Clippers promised to break up their Big 3 when the team once again fails to win an NBA championship this season. At fourth place in the Western Conference, trailing behind the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, the DeAndre Jordan squad seems to be on the verge of a huge rebuild. The arguably unbeatable teamup of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry in the Golden State Warriors further gives reason for Los Angeles Clippers fans to expect a blockbuster deal soon.

Rumors are rife that the most probable option is a Blake Griffin trade this season. Wrapping up his five-year contract worth roughly $94 million contract by 2018, the top draft pick is anticipated to move out of the Los Angeles team soon. While the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder are said to be pursuing him, it appears that a Blake Griffin trade might be more possible with the Miami Heat.

The Hassan Whiteside team has yet to complete their own Big 3 especially in light of potential Goran Dragic trade deals this season. Since the Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era has ended, the Miami Heat has been struggling to keep themselves afloat. Currently at tenth place in the Eastern Conference, even making the playoffs this season could be a struggle for the once back-to-back NBA champions.

Since the Miami Heat lucked out on the Kevin Durant free agency negotiation and lost big contracts, such as Dwyane Wade, then the Hassan Whiteside team is expected to have enough dough to lure Blake Griffin in their roster. However, no official comment has been provided by any of the parties concerned.

Experts believe that while the Miami Heat have no big stars to offer for a Blake Griffin trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, a rebuilding team could definitely benefit from top draft picks. This means that Pat Riley would have to part with high numbers to sign the All-Star leader.

What do you think? Will a Blake Griffin trade be good for the Miami Heat? Can the Los Angeles Clippers star help out Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic to bump off LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers on top?

Tags : NBA rumors, NBA trade rumors, Blake Griffin, Miami Heat, Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, Los Angeles Clippers