The 2017 offseason was expected to be climactic with both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin entering unrestricted free agency. The Clippers and their floor general seem to have taken care of potential back-and-forth this summer by verbally agreeing to a new, five-year deal.
Paul will likely opt out of his player option and subsequently sign a five-year, $200-plus million deal.
As Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders put it, “he’ll opt out of his final $24.26 million and ink a new deal with the Clippers for north of $200 million. While Knicks fan often dream of a Carmelo Anthony-Paul tandem, it’s not going to happen. Sources close to the process said that it’s already been verbally agreed to and it’s simply a function of the calendar and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement kicking in.”
Paul is currently rehabbing from an injured thumb and is expected to return to the lineup before the postseason. This season he’s averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.2 steals on 47.1 percent from the field.
What does this mean for Blake?
While the initial takeaway from Paul’s ‘verbal agreement’ is that Griffin might be on the move — especially given the recent Boston Celtics rumors — the fact of the matter is the new CBA makes it a smarter business decision to re-sign.
From what it sounds like, the Celtics would have to essentially gut their wing depth — Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley — to entice Doc in a trade for Griffin. It just doesn’t make much sense from either side.
Griffin will more than likely re-sign this offseason and do so without much hoopla.
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