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Free Agency Looms for Blake Griffin as Playoff and Injury Woes Continue

Free Agency Looms for Blake Griffin as Playoff and Injury Woes Continue

Matt Evans talkingdunks writer (@mattyyyevans)

Having played his entire career so far in Los Angeles, for the Clippers, Blake Griffin is producing at a level we’ve come to expect, averaging 21.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game whilst shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 34.5 from three-point land.  However, Griffin is in the fourth season of a five-year $94.5million contract.  A recurring theme in today’s NBA is that the final season of his current deal includes a player option, worth $21.37million.  Although, it is expected that the former number one overall draft pick will opt out, and hit the open market, in the hopes of finding another lucrative four or five-year contract.

According to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, Griffin may look for a fresh start after years of disappointment with the Clippers.  This will alert the majority of the league, who look to lure the 28-year-old to lead their franchises to success.  Various reports have stated strong interest from the Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, LA Lakers, and a potential return to his roots, to the Oklahoma City Thunder.  On the contrary, other reports imply that Blake has no intention of leaving.  So as always, it’s a guessing game!

Griffin’s stock has been hurt by how rapidly the Power Forward position has evolved in previous years. Just three years ago, only nine of the top-twenty PFs in the league made 1+ three-pointers per game.  Now, it’s up to twelve.  Players around him are adjusting, and it seems Blake is catching up, albeit slowly, making 38 three-pointers this season, compared to his 35 combined over the last five years.  Additionally, Griffin’s injury history over the last three years causes concern.  Griffin has been ruled out for the rest of the playoffs with a toe injury, leaving the Clippers’ championship hopes in the balance as the Utah Jazz look to clinch victory in Round 1.

But as like every other future free-agent currently participating in the 2017 NBA Playoffs, Blake Griffin’s decision will depend on whether or not the Clippers’ playoff woes continue, as it does with teammates Chris Paul and JJ Redick also.  If so, let’s see who can lure the five-time All-Star out of Los Angeles, unless it’s the Lakers….

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