The Los Angeles Clippers aren't parting with Blake Griffin any time soon, according to Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. Though Griffin has been the subject of trade rumors leading up to Thursday's trade deadline, Rivers set the record straight Tuesday.
"We're not trading Blake," Rivers told reporters at Clippers practice.
Griffin has been mentioned in numerous reports. The Denver Nuggets reportedly turned down a blockbuster deal that would have sent Griffin and Lance Stephenson to the Nuggets in exchange for Nikola Jokic, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried.
Griffin, 26, is averaging 23.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season, but he has missed the last 23 games due to injury.
Griffin broke his hand when he punched a Clippers' equipment staffer in January, and is expected to be out until March at the earliest. He was given a four-game suspension by the Clippers because of the misconduct that will begin once he's fit to play. He had been rehabbing from a partially torn quad before breaking his hand.
The Clippers are 18-5 without Griffin this season. The success without him no doubt fueled speculation that the Clippers should trade their star.