Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has let team officials know that he plans to sign a five-year contract extension this month, sources with knowledge of the situation reported on Saturday.
Griffin won’t be able to officially sign until July 11th, but it isn’t expected to be a drawn out negotiation process. No player coming off of their rookie contract has ever turned down a max extension, so the Clippers also have that going in their favor.
Griffin could earn $95 million over the course of the five-year extension if he is voted an All-Star starter again or named to a second All-NBA team next season under the “Derrick Rose Rule” in the new collective bargaining agreement.
“I can guarantee you he will only ever be a Clipper,” former general manager Neil Olshey said in December of 2010. “If (Oklahoma City Thunder general manager) Sam Presti arrived on Kevin Durant’s doorstep at midnight on July 1 with an extension, understand that Blake Griffin lives two blocks away from me in Manhattan Beach so it’s going to be a much shorter commute for me.”
Even though Olshey is now the GM of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Clippers as an organization have to be thrilled that their young superstar doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon. The Clippers are coming off of their best winning percentage in franchise history, and the recent addition of Lamar Odom gives them even more size off the bench behind Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Chris Paul was also offered a three year $60 million extension, but Paul will wait until next off-season when he can make much more. Paul and Griffin both had words of loyalty in their end of season interviews, and think the franchise is moving in the right direction.
You won’t hear me complaining about the dynamic duo both signing extensions that will enable them to continue to develop chemistry. Hopefully, they can start a little early at the 2012 Olympics and come out firing on all cylinders next fall.