Blake Griffin has left Team USA after injuring his left knee, the same knee injured during the NBA playoffs, during a scrimmage.
Griffin twisted the knee in a scrimmage, a source said. The severity of the injury is unclear. He's expected to have an MRI, possibly as soon as Thursday.
Griffin injured the same knee in Game 5 of the Clippers' first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies.
USA Basketball officials have asked New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis, one of Team USA's final cuts last week, to report to training camp.
Losing Griffin's sheer athleticism will be a blow to the US bench, but Griffin was probably not going to get a significant amount of playing time. Neither will Davis, really. But the addition of Davis may help the team defensively with his shot blocking ability. Davis is more comfortable down low than Griffin, and despite not being the same caliber player, he may fill more of need.
As for Griffin, we're obviously hoping this isn't anything serious. I suppose the possibility exists that the extent of the injury will not be serious and he could return, but I doubt the Clippers would allow that considering they just gave him the "Rose Rule" extension. The Rose Rule allows teams to give certain players 30% of the salary cap. This is a huge investment for the Clippers. They'll sit him if he develops a blister.
Still, in the end, this is a minor deal for Team USA. Griffin was essentially the 12th man, and the chances that Team USA has to readjust much for this are slim.
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