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Kate Upton Still Hot For Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 'Just Friends' With Blake Griffin, Pal Says

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Jun. 21 2013, Published 8:40 a.m. ET

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It seems like Kate Upton's got some uptown boy problems.

While the Sports Illustrated stunner, 21, made headlines for her outing with NBA superstar Blake Griffin earlier this week, a source tells the NY Post she's "just friends" with the human highlight reel, and actually more interested in pursuing a romance with Dancing with the Stars bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

The curvy cutie, whose uncle is Michigan Congressman Fred Upton, was “very canoodly” with the hunky Ukraine native, 33, earlier this month at upscale New York City eatery Scalinatella.

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He was working in Los Angeles while the "It girl" and Griffin were out in New York Wednesday.

In another twist, Maks is set to spend more time on the East Coast this summer, when he stars in Broadway’s Forever Tango with his one-time fiance, fellow dancer Karina Smirnoff.

Kate, SI's 2011 rookie of the year and 2012 cover girl, had previously been romantically linked to Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

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