December 18, 2016, 9:02 pm
The Vertical reported on Sunday that Blake Griffin will undergo a minor surgery in the coming days and will return at some point in January.
Look for the Clippers to play small a whole lot and then Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass will be maxed out. If anything, they’ll peak out as late-round values when on the floor and for an upcoming four-game week, at least Speights should be given strong consideration. Bass hasn’t been playing. Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers and Raymond Felton will all be late-round candidates and are worth picking up for the four-game week, but mostly this is going to push Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick to their limits.
Vertical Sources: Clippers forward Blake Griffin will undergo minor surgery on his right knee in coming days, return some point in January.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 19, 2016
Update: We’ve got more info on the surgery, which is ‘arthroscopic to remove loose bodes’ from his right knee and there is a timetable of 3-6 weeks. This could go all the way into the All Star break and owners need to hold but also monitor the reports. If he only has 1/3 of his season left after the break then some of y’all should at least be considering a drop — or better yet — a trade. Again, do not drop him until it is abundantly clear to be heading that way. From there, it becomes an ROI tolerance and league format issue. Top-50 value for half the remaining games plays out like a top 100-150 guy.
Update II: Surgery was successful and they’re amending the timetable to 4-6 weeks. The same analysis above holds true.
Clippers announce Griffin underwent his procedure. Updated timeframe is 4-6 weeks pic.twitter.com/pDOxri9FLx
— Rowan Kavner (@RowanKavner) December 20, 2016