Blake Griffin opts out to become free agent
It's a fairly expected move for the former All-Star. Griffin can earn up to a five-year, $175 million deal with the Clippers, or he could get up to a four-year, $130 million offer with another team. There is some uncertainty with the Clippers now that all of their stars have rumors of being on other teams. Considering the Celtics didn't do anything yet, they're someone to watch.
Thunder and Celtics to pursue Blake Griffin
It's a logical move for both teams. Griffin played his college ball in Oklahoma, and it has long been rumored that OKC would love to pair him with Russell Westbrook. The Celtics finished last season with the best record in the Eastern Conference and have cap space to offer a max contract to an attractive free agent. However, the most likely scenario is Griffin re-signing with the Clippers. L.A. can offer $175 million over five years, while any other team can offer only $130 million over four seasons.
Report: BOS will go after Griffin & Hayward
"Boston is really the danger for Blake Griffin," said Wojnarowski. "I think Boston's two primary free agent targets, right now, are Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin. Now they're not going to get both of them, but they're both players that would potentially have interest there. I think Boston looks at in different ways with their future." The Celtics will have the cap space to be able to bring in another max-contract guy during free agency this offseason, so it'll be interesting to see if they're able to pry either Hayward or Griffin away from their respective teams.
Clippers heavy favorites to re-sign Blake
The Spurs are expected to pursue Chris Paul, which may also affect Griffin's decision to stay with the Clippers. The Clips will be able to offer Griffin more money when free agency starts on July 1. Griffin's durability has fallen off with only 35 games played in 2015-16 and 61 games in 2016-17 before a plantar plate injury ended his playoff run.
Doc provides update on Blake Griffin
"Hes doing well," Rivers said. "The surgery went better than we thought." Griffin had surgery on May 1, but the Clippers still haven't provided a timetable for his return. The Clippers are expected to offer Griffin and Chris Paul max deals this summer, and Griffin could be looking at a deal for five years and $130 million if he wants to remain in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old forward averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 49.3 percent shooting in 2016-17, but his durability is a concern -- he's averaging just 54 games played over the past three seasons.
Blake Griffin undergoes successful surgery
The Clippers should provide another update in the near future, but there's no report of a timetable yet. The Clippers are going to make it a priority to re-sign both Griffin and and Chris Paul this summer to max deals, so the All-Star forward will likely have to turn down a five-year, $130 million offer he wants to leave Los Angeles.
Clippers hoping to re-sign Blake Griffin
This comes on the heels of a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical that the Clippers are "committed" to re-signing Blake. The Clippers have to like their chances, as they can offer the All-Star forward $175 million over five years, while other teams can only offer around $130 million over four years. He appeared in 61 games in 2016-17, averaging 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 49.3 percent shooting. Griffin is currently on the East Coast getting his toe looked at, so we should get an update on his health in the near future.
Clippers hope to re-sign Blake Griffin
Despite a rash of injuries in recent years that have derailed him in the postseason, Griffin is still just 28 years old and supremely skilled. The current core of Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan has yet to get over the hump; however, losing a player as talented as Griffin in his prime and having nothing to show for it would be devastating to the franchise. The safest course of action may be re-signing Blake and then trading him down the line if the results remain unsatisfactory.
Blake Griffin (toe) out for remainder of playoffs
Earlier this morning, the Clippers announced Griffin will be shut down for the season. He suffered the injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe in yesterday's game against the Jazz. Austin Rivers remains out, which means Marreese Speights could join the starting five on Sunday. Over 1056.4 minutes with Griffin off the court, Speights has returned 1.04 FD ppm on average with a 25.2% usage rate. He'll be a popular value option tomorrow.
Blake Griffin (toe) to miss rest of playoffs
The Clippers simply can't catch a break, as this is yet another postseason in which they have to deal with a debilitating injury to one of their star players. Griffin injured the toe late in the first half on Friday. Marreese Speights started the second half in place of Blake and will continue to see an uptick in minutes going forward, but Speights may still come off the bench if Austin Rivers (hamstring) is healthy enough to return. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan will be asked to shoulder the offensive load going forward. CP3's usage rate will spike, just as it did in the second half of Game 3.