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Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at 11:36 am  |  28 responses

Doc Rivers Calls Blake Griffin-Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors ‘So Stupid’

Recently, trade rumors have swirled that—per an ESPN report—both the Knicks and Clippers were having internal discussions about a potential Carmelo Anthony-for-Blake Griffin swap. Clips coach Doc Rivers promptly dismissed any such rumors Saturday night, according to the L.A. Times

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said an ESPN report that the organization has had internal discussions about possibly trading Blake Griffin to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony was “so stupid.”

Rivers clearly was upset about the report, and about being asked about it by reporters before the Clippers played the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

Rivers said the Clippers aren’t engaged in talks to trade Griffin for Anthony and aren’t going to trade their All-Star power forward.

“It really is, it’s just so stupid,” Rivers said again. “You know how I rarely read stuff, but someone told me read that, and it didn’t say anything about us. Anyway, it’s just stupid.

“My whole issue with any of that . . . is that that network [ESPN] to me reports a story that they created and then they do reports on it for the next two days, on a story that they created. But it’s stupid.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    i agree with doc on this one. i would rather have griffin RIGHT NOW and he is like 7 years younger and under contract. i don’t see melo and paul being a better duo, paul needs to dominate the ball in order to be at his best, griffin can play off of him. wishful thinking by someone in NY

  • Nathaniel Shields

    Thank God! As a Clippers fan familiar with their historically horrific personnel decisions, I was actually afraid this might be true.

  • TriggaMan

    I like it

  • Off The Backboard

    Before I even read the story, I had a feeling this rumour was created by that hack Chris Broussard. I was not surprised to see that it was indeed him.

    Again, if you want reporters with legit sources, there are only about a handful of national reporters to follow: Adrian Woj (Yahoo), Ken Berger (CBS), Sam Atick (SI), Marc Stein/Ramona Shelbourne (ESPN). If they’re not reporting it, its probably not happening.

    Anything reported by the likes of Chris Broussard is usually a) fake and/or made up; or b) a copy of a tweet made by the reporters listed above (e.g., he’ll replace “sources” with “multiple sources”).

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, it would be better for the Clippers to (i) keep Griffin and (ii) pursue Melo in free agency next year?

  • k dub

    @shockexchange:disqus they wont have enough cap space to sign him, only way to get him is through trade which wont happen. Blake way younger and better fit with CP3

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange assumes they would be willing to pay the luxury tax. If teams have to get rid of players to sign Melo, then Melo is in the same situation he has with the Knicks. The Knicks had to gut the team to sign him, leaving them less likely to win a chip.

    In SE’s opinion, if Melo is who he thinks he is, he should re-sign with NYC and try to attract talent to the Knicks. They have him, a 7 footer in the middle and a promising Shumpert. Now they need a PF to pick up Amare’s slack.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If anyone thought the Clippers actually entertained that trade in the first place, that’s who is stupid.

  • Lloyd

    I was thinking the same thing. Was trying to think back to when he last reported anything that actually came to fruition!

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange concurs. There are people who make a living spreading trade rumors, informing the public of what The Kang ate for breakfast or the latest conversation between Shaq and Horry Jr. If the public quit responding to this nonsense then the rumors would stop.

  • Reedo

    I don’t believe Broussard is the main source behind this I recall Stephen A. Calling for this trade close to a month ago

  • The Seed

    The funny thing about this, is the Clippers would be better with Anthony. He might don’t play defense, but Blake does not either. Anthony would stretch the floor and give CP3 even more room to penetrate dish or score. If I was the Clippers I would trade Blake for Anthony and Shumpert and try to throw in Crawford if Knicks want him. The Clippers are going nowhere with Blake as their second best player. People lets just be honest.

  • TriggaMan

    Spoken like a true fananalyst..
    good stuff

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    melo has a better chance making nba finals through the west

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    The Clippers are going nowhere with Blake as their second best player. truu

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    3. Without Paul I want see how BG and Deandre will do. If that front court can’t carry the squad I’d trade Blake for melo.

    “The Seed

    • 6 hours ago

    The funny thing about this, is the Clippers would be better with Anthony. He might don’t play defense, but Blake does not either. Anthony would stretch the floor and give CP3 even more room to penetrate dish or score. If I was the Clippers I would trade Blake for Anthony and Shumpert and try to throw in Crawford if Knicks want him. The Clippers are going nowhere with Blake as their second best player. People lets just be honest.”

    Blake griffin and Kevin love can’t carry a team to a championship as primary options. And a team with kevin love or griffin as its secondary options has to be really well built at each position. Do you think kobe could have won title 4 or 5 with BG and Love as his 2ndary option?

    I’m all ready putting Anthony davis as the best pf in the game right now. He’ll probably suffer the lebron-cavs syndrome. The pelicans will get the wrong role players to Complement and Amplify davis’s contributions and prevent him for seeing the success his potential indicates

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Of course you would.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    interesting response.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange totally agrees, since Melo won a ton of titles with the Nuggets.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Not really

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    context. The knicks cannot construct a team to beat the heat or the pacers. The heat and pacers will be the top 2 teams in the nba for atleast next 2-3 years.

  • LobCity

    Clippers brought in Redick & Dudley, and drafted Bullock to stretch the floor. They don’t need a PF launching 3′s. If Melo plays the SF, then Jamison starts at PF. Think about that.

    Blake is younger, in better shape and continues to improve every year. Melo might be a better 1-on-1 players right now but I don’t think he fits with this team, especially long term.

    Besides, if they get Melo they would have to extend him with Birds rights. Melo, based on what he’s “accomplished” in NY is not worth 20-30 mil/per year.

  • Lonely

    Don’t forget NBK. He brings something fresh to the table re news, and seems authentic… lol

  • Lonley

    WTF??? did I just read this verbatim from @Addingvelocitywhatever???

  • D_B

    Also, interesting to note that ESPN didn’t add this quote to their article “My whole issue with any of that . . . is that that network [ESPN] to me reports a story that they created and then they do reports on it for the next two days, on a story that they created. But it’s stupid.”

    Hmm..I wonder why? Was there even another media outlet 15 years ago other than the mediocre cnnsi?

    “…and the radio daze kept us in the dark and the satellite age brings us to the light”

  • shockexchange

    Yeah, cause constructing a team to beat the Spurs, Thunder, Trailblazers, Clippers, and Warriors is a piece of cake. In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, Melo had better stay in the East where 32-50 will get you in the playoffs.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Lol if he was traded to the clippers that wouldn’t be an issue. he’s not starting from a broke team like when he was drafted. Making the playoffs isn’t the legacy Melo is aiming for. If that was the case then he would never have left the nuggets.

    The pacers and heat are the two best teams in the nba. Whoever wins the ECF wins the the NBA finals.

  • shockexchange

    “Whoever wins the ECF wins the the NBA finals” – So by Melo going to the West, that’s really going to change things. It’s all sorted out now. Thanks for the circular argument leading to nowhere.

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