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Clippers to quickly, quietly sign Blake Griffin to 5-year max extension

Jun 30, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

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This is about as much of a surprise as Tom Cruise burning through another marriage.

The Clippers top July 1 free agent priority will be signing star forward Blake Griffin to a max extension to his rookie deal. And it sounds like that is going to happen no problem, reports Ramona Shelburne at ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The Clippers remain confident they will be able to sign Griffin to a five-year maximum extension in July. Sources with knowledge of the talks say they have gone smoothly so far and neither side anticipates any problems getting the extension done and agreed upon by July 1. Don’t expect much fanfare from Griffin though. He’ll likely just walk into the Clippers’ practice the facility the next day the way Kevin Durant did in Oklahoma City a few years ago.

There was never any question Griffin was going to sign an extension to his rookie deal. He wants to get paid, and he gets to do it in a major market with all the endorsement and marketing advantages that come with it. Plus, the team seems to be building a winner around him (they need to re-sign Chris Paul next summer, too, and that may be the bigger question mark).

And if you know Griffin, you know he is pretty soft spoken. He’ll take this in stride.

Griffin will be in Las Vegas after July 4 trying to earn a spot in London on the U.S. Olympic team. By then he should have a new, much richer contract signed.

• In one other Clippers note, the Clippers are not expected to make offers to retain crowd favorite Reggie Evans as well as Kenyon Martin. Both will be unrestricted free agents.

  1. spellingcopfather - Jun 30, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Can he atleast get his older brother a 10 day contract??

  2. therealhtj - Jun 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    It’s a little surprising. In the past, namely with Elton Brand, the Clips let the market decide the players value. Sure it led to bad blood when his extension was up, but by then Brand was already pretty washed up anyway. I figured Sterling would pull the same move and get Griffin for the same number of years for less money and watch him walk away when his freakish athleticism is in decline.

    We’ll see if he’s willing to fork over the kind of dough it’ll take to keep Chris Paul. That’ll be the real litmus test as to whether or not things really have changed in clipperland. By the way, have they hired a GM yet?

  3. thetooloftools - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Griffin is a man. A MAN.
    His studness is just being touched.
    No drama, no crying ..BANG $$$$$$$$.
    Ca$h with class.
    Not crying like some babies.
    I notice it’s really getting tough to build a tEaM around ME guys.
    And yes.. read into that because it’s true.

  4. badintent - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    This is your new Clippers, Sterling is a jackass, but no fool, those sellouts this past year put a smile on his face and he will spend some $$ to keep Griffin, even if the team is not competitive, Griffin is a freak in a circus town of freaks and that sell tickets. They need to get bigger and taller, so Kenyon Martin is not a piece. Even though he played well in limited minutes in the playoffs.

  5. jimbo75025 - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    Good signing-Griffin is a beast and could very well become the face (or at least share with Durant) of the league when Kobe/Lebron get a bit older. Seems kind of quiet off the court and to have a sense of humor about himself also which is a bit refreshing in a league where prima donnas have ruled for the last decade.

  6. londonaiooo - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    I wonder if someone could add a ‘no flop clause’. I like Griffen, plays hard, doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously and comes across as hard working, which bodes well for his future growth as a player. But his flopping is awful and has to stop (though obviously he’s not the only one).

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