Free agent Blake Griffin has agreed to a guaranteed one-year contract with the Boston Celtics, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.
Griffin gives Boston some depth in the front line after forward Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL playing for Italy in FIBA World Cup qualifying last month, and after the departure of starting center Robert Williams III. He underwent knee surgery last week which will keep him out for the next 8-12 weeks.
Including Griffin, the Celtics now have 11 guaranteed contracts on their roster, although that number does not include Al Horford’s mostly guaranteed deal. Boston opened its training camp with several players, including veterans Noah Vonleh, Denzel Valentine, Justin Jackson and Jake Layman, competing for roster spots, while center Luke Kornet is also expected to make the team.
Griffin, 33, played for the LA Clippers, Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets during his 12 NBA seasons, including last season and a half in Brooklyn.
The six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 56 games (24 starts) for the Nets last season.