the The Boston Celtics are going through an offseason nightmare just months after making a trip to the NBA Finals, but their roster is still packed with talent, ready to make another run in the Eastern Conference.
On Friday, according to ESPN, Boston added veteran great Blake Griffin, signing the six-time All-Star to a fully guaranteed one-year deal.
Griffin will enter your 14 NBA season after spending the last two years with the Brooklyn Nets.
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Once a cornerstone of the franchise, Griffin’s career has been hit hard by injuries in recent years. From 2019 to 2020, Griffin played in just 38 games while dealing with knee injuries.
While in Brooklyn, Griffin carved out a role off the bench, averaging 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game.
Griffin will add depth to a frontcourt that may be without the signing of free agent Danilo Gallinari for the season and without the services of Robert Williams starting center for 8-12 weeks.
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Gallinari was expected to contribute from the bench to Boston but ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament at the FIBA World Cup qualifier in August and underwent surgery last week.
While the Celtics did not provide a timeline for Gallinari’s return to the court, Gallinari’s typical injury recovery time is six to 12 months.
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Williams also had surgery last week, and the Celtics announced he is expected to miss 8 to 12 weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his knee.
It is the second time in less than a year that Williams has undergone a procedure on his left knee. The Celtics big man underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in late March.
News of Williams’ timeline for a return came a day after the Celtics announced the head coach. Ime Udoka had been suspended for the entire 2022-2023 season for “team policy violations.”
Udoka reportedly had a consensual relationship with a female staff member within the Celtics organization.