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Power forward Blake Griffin will sign a five-year, $175 million contract to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Per the report:
The Clippers put a full-court press on Griffin at an event at Staples Center on Friday that included the team’s top brass and players.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers, executive vice president Lawrence Frank and consultant Jerry West were all at Staples Center to make the pitch to Griffin.
Jamal Crawford, DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Johnson, Patrick Beverley and Sam Dekker also were at Staples Center to make sure their teammate didn’t leave.
The Clippers traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets earlier in the week — and Griffin and Paul were said to be at odds. So the trade of Paul is said to have actually helped the Clippers retain Griffin.
With shooting guard J.J. Redick also expected to leave in free agency, Griffin and the Clippers will have an entirely new starting backcourt in 2017-18.
Griffin cancelled free-agent meetings with the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets, the LA Times reported.