Griffin considered indispensable after impressive season last year.
The Los Angeles Clippers are not interested in sacrificing forward Blake Griffin if they are to make a run at signing free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
The Clippers have $76m committed in salaries for next season, but that figure will fall to $71.7m after Darren Collison, Glen Davis and Danny Granger opt out of their contracts.
It is understood that the organisation are interested in clearing the requisite salary cap space to make a maximum level offer to either James or Anthony, but Doc Rivers would need to lose a significant amount of depth in order to seal a deal.
The Clippers would likely have to trade some combination of prized young center DeAndre Jordan, Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes, Jamal Crawford or J.J. Redick to facilitate a deal, and that may well be a determining factor in them passing on a possible move.
While those discussions are reportedly only internal at this stage, according to ESPN, the Clippers have looked at other possibilities with Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo also on their radar this summer.
ESPN reported back in February that were James to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat and consider his options in free agency, the Clippers would be amongst his preferred destinations given the strength of the roster under Rivers, and due to his close relationship with point guard Chris Paul.
Meanwhile, the same is also said of Anthony, but it is widely recognised that the organisation would find it too difficult to clear enough salary cap space to pursue both James and Anthony.