Blake Griffin to re-sign with Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin plans to reach agreement on a five-year, $173 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources confirmed to ESPN.

Griffin met with team owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers and special consultant Jerry West at Staples Center on Friday. Griffin did not get a no-trade clause, however, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

The deal was first reported by The Vertical.

The 6-foot-10 Griffin had previously told the Clippers he would opt out of his player option for next season, with the NBA’s free-agency period set to begin Saturday.

Griffin is recovering from a toe injury that has left him questionable for the start of the season. He suffered the injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe in Game 3 of the Clippers’ playoff series against the Utah Jazz.

In the 2016 playoffs, he suffered a quad injury in Game 4 of the Clippers’ first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. He did not return for the remainder of that series, and the Clippers were eliminated in six games.

In a podcast earlier Friday with USA Today’s Sam Amick, Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ executive vice president of basketball operations, talked about Griffin’s importance to the team.

“The perception of the Clippers changed once Blake Griffin started as a Clipper, right?” Frank said. “And we’ve had great success.

“Chris obviously, you know, was great — Chris’ winning ways, we’re grateful for (them),” Frank said of Chris Paul, who the Clippers traded to the Houston Rockets this week. “But Blake is in a position where we look at him as Clipper royalty, and it hasn’t changed. So we are going to do everything we can to keep Blake a Clipper.”


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