In an announcement that wasn’t unexpected — but welcomed by the fans nonetheless — the Los Angeles Clippers announced they have resigned their All-Star power forward Blake Griffin.
His contract expired at the end of last season and there had been speculation about he and former Clippers point guard Chris Paul would remain with the team. Paul expressed a desire to go to the Houston Rockets so the Clippers took advantage of Paul’s option year and traded him to Houston.
Griffin though has been with the team since being drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. In a statement released to the press, Griffin said, “I just want to say how excited I am to be back. Obviously, this has been my home since I have been drafted. In the end, I realized this was a no-brainer for me. This was the best place for me, and this is the place where I want to start and finish my career.”
He’s 28 years old and played seven seasons with the Clippers. In that time he’s amassed an All Star worthy record: he averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 61 games (all starts) last season for L.A. In 471 career games (all starts), he holds averages of 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Griffin is a five-time All-Star, been an All-NBA Player four times and on April 1 of this year he became the first Clipper to score 10,000 points exclusively as a member of the Clippers.
With Chris Paul gone, there will be some adjustments in the Clippers’s starting line up, but with Blake Griffin back they will have a solid front court.
His contract is worth $173 million over five years.
Photos by Claudia Gestro
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