For many people around the basketball-watching universe, the Blake Griffin trade came straight out of left field. In the span of a few minutes on Monday evening, Griffin went from a perceived Clipper for life, to being at the center of talks between Los Angeles and Detroit, to a member of the Pistons.
But might Griffin have learned that he was on the move as far back as last week? We here at Dime feel it is important to present the evidence, because thanks to Ricky Chu, we might have been aware of the moment where Griffin learned his days in Los Angeles were numbered.
Chu was apparently in an advantageous position to hear a Griffin outburst Jan. 22, when the Clippers hosted the Minnesota Timberwolves and the former All-Star forward let some colorful language fly.