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Blake Griffin interrupted the question with mock worry: "Am I getting traded."

No, Blake, you most certainly are not among those rumored to be on the move before Thursday’s trade deadline. However, the same can’t be said of all of the players present at All-Star Weekend, with many rumors involving Griffin’s Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin, a three-time All-Star and former No. 1 overall pick, said it’s impossible to totally block out the distraction of the annual deadline.

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"You can’t keep it from getting in," he said.

The latest blockbuster to be floated came Saturday when a Yahoo! Sports report linked the Clippers to Boston and Kevin Garnett in a deal that would potentially involve Slam Dunk contest participant Eric Bledsoe. However, Garnett has the option to veto any trade, and Griffin said the Clippers don’t necessarily need to make moves.

"We need to be better," Griffin said of the 29-17 Clippers, "but I think with our talent-wise, we have the talent to be a championship contender."

Chris Paul told reporters that he had not encouraged Clippers management to acquire Garnett, a 15-time All Star.

"I don’t think we need to [make a trade]," Paul said.


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