Don't hold your breath.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers is adamant that the team is not looking to unload its superstar, despite rampant rumors to the contrary. According to ESPN, Rivers told the media Tuesday that he was frustrated by all the speculation surrounding Griffin's future.
"I've told you we're not trading Blake, but I guess everyone else wants to keep doing that. So we'll let them do that," Rivers said Tuesday before practice. "It is what it is. Nothing we can do about it, honestly. It frustrates you when you know nothing's going on, but what can you do?"
Rivers would not confirm whether the Clippers have received calls from other teams interested in Griffin, who has spent his entire career with Los Angeles after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2009.
"That's none of [the media's] business. It really isn't," Rivers said. "I hate to say it. It's none of [the fans' business either]. Having said that, I think we receive phone calls on every single player, honestly. But it does frustrate me when you hear all the speculation and all that stuff. It's completely untrue."
Griffin hasn't played a game since Dec. 26, suffering a torn quad muscle before breaking his hand punching a member of the Clippers equipment staff Jan. 23 in Toronto. Griffin spoke about the incident for the first time Tuesday, apologizing for striking Matias Testi.
"I have spoken to Matias about it. I have spoken to my teammates about it ... coaches. The last people to apologize to are the fans and to show them how sorry I am for this situation. It is something that I feel awful about. It is something that I have not had to deal with ever before in life, and it has been tough. Now that the NBA has done their due diligence ... and the Clippers, and I have my punishment, I am looking forward to just moving on and moving past this and getting back on the court with my teammates."
When Griffin returns from the broken hand is still unknown. But when he is eligible, he will have to serve a four-game suspension handed down by the Clippers. The organization also docked his pay for an additional game because he broke his shooting hand. So all together, Griffin will lose around $860,000 of his $18 million salary this season because he couldn't control his temper.
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