June 30, 2017
The Clippers and Blake Griffin agreed to a new contract on Friday night. The deal is for 5 years and $173 million.
Griffin will not receive a no-trade clause as part of the deal. The news was a relief for the Clippers, who lost their other superstar, Chris Paul, to the Houston Rockets just two days earlier.
Griffin met with a number of members of the Clipper organization, led by Owner Steve Ballmer, on Friday at Staples Center. The group also included Doc Rivers, Jerry West, as well as a several Clipper players. They included Jamal Crawford, DeAndre Jordan, Patrick Beverley, Wesley Johnson, and Sam Dekker.
“We’ve had some great meetings with them and love the direction of the organization,” a source close to Griffin told ESPN’s Royce Young. “Feel that the best chance to win is definitely with LAC.”
Griffin suffered a toe injury in the 1st round of the playoffs against Utah, and is questionable to be ready for the start of the season.
Griffin also had meetings schedule with the Suns and Nuggets when free agency started on Saturday, but cancelled those meetings.
At the end of the two-hour meeting Friday, Griffin rose and spoke, telling teammates, his coach and the owner that “I want my legacy to be a Clipper.”