By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to re-sign power forward Blake Griffin after midnight. He is expected to receive a five-year, $173 million deal.
He canceled visits with the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Earlier on Friday, the Oklahoma City Thunder had expressed an interest in him. He attended the University of Oklahoma.
While they lose Chris Paul in a trade with the Houston Rockets, the Clippers were able to keep Griffin. The Clippers are also expected to lose J.J. Redick in free agency, so they’re going to build around Griffin moving forward.
Griffin is the team’s all-time leading scorer. And on Thursday, it was reported that he would return to the team around December following surgery to repair the plantar plate in his big toe on his right foot.
The 27-year-old has spent the past seven-years with the Clippers. He was previously the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
This past season, in 61 starts, he averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocks.
Griffin has been injury prone. He has only played in 96 games over the past two seasons. In fact, he’s only played in one full 82-game season, which was his rookie campaign in 2010-11.
In 471 career games, he’s averaging 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks.
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