Brad Stevens says Blake Griffin’s performance as Celtics reserve last year was “as good as it gets”

Will Blake Griffin sign with the Boston Celtics for the 2023-24 season? That question is still without an answer. But we do know there is mutual love and respect on both sides of the aisle, even if a deal doesn’t ever materialize.

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens recently confirmed that shared respect. During a recent visit to WEEI’s “Jones & Mego” show part of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund radio-telethon to raise money for cancer research, Stevens spoke about Boston’s past and future. Specifically he offered praise for Griffin, who served a key role as a veteran reserve for the Celtics last year.

“Our bigs were pretty thin,” Stevens said. “When (Robert Williams III) was out at the start of the year, those guys that played in his place did an amazing job of keeping us afloat. Blake was as good as it gets both on and off the court.”

Griffin himself spoke glowingly about his time playing for the Celtics as well. The six-time All-Star recently shared how much he enjoyed the experience.

“Dude, Boston is unbelievable,” Griffin said. “Living in Boston, playing in Boston was, like, one of the best experiences. Dude, the fans are incredible. Having a team that is so championship-focused. One of the best parts (is) the players on that team are just like such a great group of guys.”

Griffin suited up in 41 games during the 2022-23 season for the Celtics, logging 16 starts in the process. He was an important back up on the court and a visible leader on the sidelines for the team. Because injury concerns may persist for Boston’s front court next year as well, Griffin’s services could once again be called upon as the regular season approaches.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire