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Clippers GM change not expected to change Griffin situation

Jun 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Whoever gets brought in to replace Neil Olshey as general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers has one big job — make Chris Paul happy. Paul can leave as a free agent next summer and the GM has to keep him happy and get him to commit to LA. That means get him players to help the Clippers take the next step forward on the court, establish lines of communication and listen to him, and if CP3 wants an In-N-Out double-double animal style you go buy it for him. Then offer to wash his car.

This is also the summer the Clippers can offer Blake Griffin an extension of his rookie contract. But that’s a no brainer regardless of GM — you give him a max offer.

The Clippers don’t think the GM change will alter what goes on with Griffin, reports ESPN.

But one source close to the process told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that Olshey’s departure would have “no significant impact” on Griffin’s decision… The Clippers, sources say, continue to believe that Griffin will accept an extension this summer as opposed to playing out the 2012-13 season and becoming a restricted free agent in July 2013.

This will be Griffin’s first huge contract and this is the one you accept without blinking. Maybe has had thoughts about moving on, but this is the contract that sets you and your family up to live very comfortably the rest of your life. You take this deal, you move on later. Especially if you are a guy who has missed a season with a knee injury and know how fragile a career can be.

What’s more, even if he declined the offer and became a restricted free agent the Clippers would just match any offer from another team.

Griffin will be there. For the Clippers, the focus has to be CP3.

  1. therealhtj - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    No brainer, huh? Knowing Donald Sterling, I wouldn’t get so far ahead of yourself. If history has shown us anything, it’s that Clipper players never stick around for that second extension. Sterling knows this, plus I don’t think he wants to pay stars in decline upwards of 100 million.

    So what does that mean? Well, CP3 is gone unless he’s willing to take less than max money. He might on a contender with a first class organization. That, the Clips are not.

    Next Griffin. Sterling knows he fills the seats, so he wants to keep him as long and for as little as possible. He’s not a championship cornerstone and doesn’t likely even get you to the playoffs once CP3 bails, so no use breaking the bank on him. My guess is negotiations for the extension get stalled or Griffin settles for an offer less than the max. Otherwise, Sterling gets him for another year on the cheap and then 4-5 more, still below max money once Griffin either re-ups with the Clips or they match an offer from another team. Then once those hops are gone, he still doesn’t have a consistent jumper or can make a free throw, Sterling lets him go after he’s milked the best basketball out of him for the least possible money.

    It may not be a recipe for championship basketball, but it makes that old racist scumbag a bunch of money. If you haven’t figured out that’s what he’s in it for, you haven’t really been paying attention.

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – Same ole Clippers.

  2. loungefly74 - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    his “star power” alone makes Blake a “max” guy.

  3. mat9844 - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Not that I ever doubted it, but happy to know I can watch Griffin again next year and hopefully CP3 too. Blake’s already showing signs of being a great all-around player.

  4. dadawg77 - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Question, could he gamble and not take the extension in hope he can qualify for the Rose rule next year?

  5. decimusprime - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I still believe SVG in Delnegro out, would make the Clippers serious contenders for the Pacific crown, or at the very least equal with the Lakers on a yearly basis. This of course all depends on the talent staying in LA.

  6. Ithaca Is Chill - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    props for the In-n-out reference. Quality you can taste.

  7. yousuxxors - Jun 5, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    he should learn a jump shot before they max him.

  8. telergy - Jun 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Sterling wishes the NBA had a franchise tag. Blake might walk!

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