This post has been updated Wednesday morning.
A week after getting a four-game suspension for a January punching incident in which he broke his hand, Blake Griffin expressed regrets over what happened. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Clippers chief Doc Rivers said that the team had no interest in trading away the all-star forward.
Griffin addressed reporters before Clippers practice on Tuesday. He has been out of action since December, first with a quadriceps injury, then with a broken hand which he suffered while striking a team employee, Matias Testi, repeatedly outside of a Toronto restaurant after the two had gotten into an argument.
In what reporters described as emotional comments, Griffin said that he was “truly, truly sorry” about the incident, for which Toronto police declined to press charges. He added that he had spoken with Testi, with whom he was close, multiple times.
“It’s been tough to know that I’ve let my teammates down, let our organization down, let our fans down, my family, all of that,” Griffin told reporters. “That’s something I think about every day and I wish I could take it back.”
Rivers also spoke at the Clippers practice, and the team’s head coach and president of basketball operations shot down rumors that Griffin was being shopped around. “We’re not trading Blake,” Rivers said, adding that the team may try to add a guard, but more likely by signing a free agent than through a trade.
According to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers are working on a deal to acquire Orlando Magic forward Channing Frye “but want to finish exploring a larger trade scenario before finalizing an agreement.” Any deal would involve Lance Stephenson’s expiring contract, C.J. Wilcox and a future second-round pick, Wojnarowski reports, adding that Los Angeles officials have told the Magic they need until Wednesday to finish pursuing “a long-shot larger deal.”
Rivers also said that there was no specific timetable for Griffin’s return, but that it would happen before the end of the season. The broken hand, which occurred on Jan. 23, had previously been reported to be a four-to-six week injury.
A five-time all-star, Griffin was averaging 23.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 30 games played this season. The 26-year-old Oklahoma product is in his sixth season with the Clippers, after having been the No. 1 overall pick of the 2009 draft.