Armed only with an $8.4 million mid-level exception, the Clippers plan to pursue Denver forward Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP and a linchpin of the Golden State Warriors recent run of dominance.
The Clippers are somewhat whole today. But for all the maturation, Griffin's best pivot as he enters the next chapter of his career will be to rediscover a trace of the fun he spotted in Embiid. That deal netted the Clippers Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams and Sam Dekker in return. He is a five-time All-Star.
LA Clippers fans, you can breathe now.
Steve Ballmer was never going to be down with a full rebuild. This will at least give Blake Griffin some new teammates to work with next season.
None of the top free agents will look in the Clippers' direction because the cap space is no longer available.
Now that the Clippers have re-signed power forward Blake Griffin, does that change? But the influence of West is being felt in one way or another. The freedom of free agency is appealing, but the midnight-July 1 spectacle is not.
Blake Griffin immediately agreeing to terms with the Clippers comes as a bit of a surprise. The compression level around the team rose, and basketball started to feel like work.
Indiana Pacers star Paul George is set to join the Oklahoma City Thunder in a deal that will see Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis head in the opposite direction, reports said Friday. The Clippers lost their first round series to the Utah Jazz in seven games after Griffin suffered a broken plantar plate in his right big toe in Game 3.
There's also the amount of money to consider.
However, there are some definite downsides to this deal, aside from the obvious fact that a five-year max without Chris Paul means this team could struggle to make the playoffs at all.
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