In an offseason with very shocking moves, PF Blake Griffin has surprisingly signed a 5-year, $173 million dollar contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers. When the Clippers traded PG Chris Paul away to the Houston Rockets, it seems like they were going to rebuild for the future.
But apparently today, it looks like the Clippers are going to rebuild around Griffin. Ever since Chris Paul came to LA in the 2011-2012 season, Griffin always played second fiddle to Paul. Even though Griffin has been with the team longer than Paul, he was known as the franchise player, not Griffin.
Now with Griffin staying in LA, the 28-year-old will be the main piece in the Clippers’ offense. In a squad that does not look to even make the playoffs next season, Griffin sounds happy to be the guy leading his own team based on his decision.
Here’s the projected lineup for the Clippers next season:
PG: Patrick Beverly
SG: Austin Rivers
SF: Wesley Johnson
PF: Blake Griffin
C: DeAndre Jordan
Now, this looks like a team projected to get a maximum of 30-35 wins. Sure you still got Griffin and Jordan as the stars and Lou Williams and a Jamal Crawford coming off the bench, but they don’t look like they can compete in the Western Conference. With teams like the Timberwolves, Suns, Thunder, Kings, Jazz, Nuggets and Pelicans, it looks like you need at least 40 wins to get into the playoffs in the West.
Judging by what we have seen this offseason so far, it is going to be one to remember as many teams are pushing to knock down the Golden State Warriors.
In the end it looks like Griffin and the organization are happy with the decision. Griffin is happy with being the main man in LA even though the Clippers will not complete with other high-caliber teams in the next couple of years. Even though Griffin does not really deserve to earn the contract he did, it will be interesting to see him perform without Paul heading into next season.