Blake Griffin is set to become a free agent and once a player is a free agent, there’s no telling where they will go (see Kevin Durant’s decision last summer).
On Friday, Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin opted out of his $21.3 million contract to become a free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin has opted out of his contract to become a free agent.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2017
Griffin is expected to meet with several teams such as his hometown Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets, but there are no reports yet on who is a front runner. There’s no indication he will take a paycut if he plans to stay in Los Angeles.
According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports, Griffin has also expressed his frustration with the Clippers organization in terms of playing under Chris Paul as the second option:
Was told last month – per a source close w/Blake+brother Taylor, Blake wants no part of CP3 and grown increasingly frustrated w/organization https://t.co/ShIdINqFXe
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 23, 2017
Despite having a new owner coming into the picture just a few seasons ago, the Clippers have struggled to reach their first Western Conference Finals in franchise history.
Despite coming off another year where he was injured and missed more than 20 games (including the playoffs, where the Clippers were defeated by the Utah Jazz in seven games), Griffin hasn’t showed a sign of weakness when he’s been on the court, as he averaged 21.6 points (led the team), shooting 49.3 percent, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assist.
Griffin will thrive best on a team where he’s the second or third scoring option, where he thrived playing as a dynamic duo partner with Chris Paul since Paul’s arrival in Los Angeles back in 2011.
Although his health has a issue over the last few seasons, there are several teams who are ready to give him a chance.
Teams like the Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Wizards have thrown their names into the bid for the former Oklahoma Sooner, but it will be a tough decision for Griffin to say no to a huge market such as Los Angeles.