This one may be a bit of a moonshot, but with Rudy Gobert locked down, Quin Snyder on the sidelines, some serious young talent waiting in the wings and first-rate facilities, the Jazz are in a better position to offer a player of Blake Griffin’s ilk than they have been in years.
The real dilemma may be whether or not you want Griffin as a cornerstone for your franchise.
When he’s healthy, he’s arguably the best power forward in the game. A night-in, night-out lock for 20-plus points, nine or 10 rebounds and five assists with an ever-developing outside game and guard skills off the dribble.
However, his durability has been an issue since day one when he missed the entirety of his first season with the Clippers. Over the course of the last three years, he’s missed an average of 27 games per season. Multiple injuries to Griffin in the postseason have also doomed what had begun as promising runs in La-La Land.
I also wonder about the mindset of a guy who picks fights with team trainers.