Report: Celtics Showing Interest in D-League Forward Eric Griffin

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Danny Ainge may be looking to the D-League to add to the Celtics rosterBarry Chin/The Boston Globe

The trade deadline may have passed last month, but it appears Danny Ainge may not be done tinkering with his team’s roster.

According to a new report from Real GM, the Celtics are one of three teams interested in athletic swingman Eric Griffin.

The Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz are showing interest in the possible call up of Eric Griffin of Texas in the NBA D-League, league sources told RealGM.
Griffin — one of the D-League’s best wing prospects — has averaged 17.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per night in 39 games for the Texas Legends. He joined Dallas’ affiliate after signing an offseason deal to training camp with the Mavericks.

Griffin, 24, has played for a handful of pro teams abroad in Italy and Puerto Rico since not being selected in the 2012 NBA Draft. Griffin was a standout performer for a couple years at Campbell University from 2010-2012, after transferring from a junior college in Kansas. He was named to the 2012 All-Big South Conference first team during his final year in school.

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So what exactly could Griffin offer the Celtics at the NBA-level? One look at his recent D-League highlight reel should give Boston fans a nice sample of the athleticism he can bring on the wing.

Currently, the Celtics have a full roster, but veteran power forward Shavlik Randolph has been glued to the Celtics bench for weeks now. He’s making the veteran’s minimum, so it wouldn’t be a major hit to the team’s payroll to let him go if the C’s were to agree to terms with Griffin.

As the Celtics gear up for a playoff push, all options remain on the team as they look to improve their team’s depth over the final month of the regular season.

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