After suffering another season-ending injury, the future of Blake Griffin with the Los Angeles Clippers becomes uncertain. There are speculations that the Clippers plan to break their “Big Three” if they fail to at least enter the Western Conference Finals. Should the Clippers let Griffin go in the upcoming free agency?
The Clippers’ “Big Three” of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan is expected to give the Clippers their first Larry O’Brien Trophy. Unfortunately, after playing for six seasons, their only greatest achievement was reaching the Western Conference Semifinals. The Clippers are currently battling the Utah Jazz in the first round and already on the verge of being eliminated.
Doc Rivers hoping LA Clippers will keep core intact
Paul and Griffin will become free agents this summer. Both superstars already expressed their intention to re-sign with the Clippers. However, it remains questionable if the Clippers are still interested in keeping their core intact.
Aside from Griffin and Paul, Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick will also become a free agent and expected to land a massive payday. According to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports, re-signing all their starters will require the Clippers to throw away approximately $196 million in all. Coach Doc Rivers believes breaking the “Big Three” shouldn’t be an option for the Clippers.
“Here’s my argument to (the question of whether all that luxury tax is worth it),” Rivers, who is three years into a five-year deal worth more than $50 million, told USA TODAY Sports recently. “Let’s say we don’t win this year — which I think we will, (but) let’s say we don’t. Do you give up on a 50-win team that has proven that they’re really close (to winning it all), or do you hang in there and keep trying to maybe make changes around (the core)?
LA Clippers eyeing to bring Blake Griffin back
After suffering an injury, rumors and speculations continue to swirl around Blake Griffin. Some people believe that it will be best for the Clippers to let Griffin go and start rebuilding the team around Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. Names of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony emerged as the potential replacement for the Clippers star forward.
However, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Clippers are planning to give Griffin another long-term contract in the upcoming offseason. “Management remains committed to signing him to a long-term deal this summer, league sources tell me,” Woj said in a video essay.
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