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Blake Griffin reaches five-year max extension with Clippers

Jul 10, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

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This was a no-brainer.

The Clippers offered and Blake Griffin has accepted a five-year, $95 million max extension to his contract with the Clippers, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. This is a “Rose rule” deal allows him to get 30 percent of the team’s cap space in his second contract, so long as he makes next season’s All-Star team. Which is pretty much a given.

Him getting this deal was also a given. Griffin is a max-player — and All-Star and Olympian who was the heart of changing the culture of one of the worst franchises in the NBA. Without Griffin and what he did as a rookie there is no Chris Paul trade, there is no team on the rise talk.

Griffin was a true 20 and 10 guy last season, shooting 54.9 percent from the floor, with a PER of 23.5. That is after just two-years in the league at age 23 — he is going to get a lot better.

There are detractors — aren’t there always — who want to say “all he can do is dunk.” First, Griffin is a better passer out of the double team on the block than most bigs his age (way better than Andrew Bynum). His midrange game (37 percent from 16 feet out to the arc) has a ways to go but is improving, and late last season he started to show some consistency with a Duncanesque 15-foot bank shot from the wing. He’s getting there.

And by the way, the dunk is the single most efficient shot in basketball. If you give any coach a player who can get to the rim and dunk it five times a game, they will take it. That is a skill in and of itself. His fierce dunks aren’t all showboat, they are two points that fires up his team.

This was a gimme and there was no way Griffin was going to turn down his first supersized NBA contract.

Now the Clippers just need to convince Chris Paul to stay with him next summer when CP3 is a free agent.

  1. dubitodd123 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Hahaha way overpaid!

    • jetstizzi85 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      What NBA player isnt overpaid?

    • dannymac17 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      thats funny considering you’re probably broke and bitter.

    • dacapt704 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      you are worth what someone is willing to pay you..we’d all like to be “overpaid” according to someone else’e terms

  2. loungefly74 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    yes…good move by the Clip Show to lock him up. he generates $$$ for them…and wins.

  3. cakemixa - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    lol, the guy isn’t even a basketball player. fans of other NBA teams laugh at this guy taking up so much of the clippers cap

    • iknowzeroaboutsports - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      I’m sorry, which teams’ fans did you say are laughing? The Bobcats? Cavaliers? Kings? Those fans are laughing?

  4. kwf1224 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Great Decision LA Clippers.

    • moseskkim - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      No brainer LA clippers.

  5. blakegriffin32 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    You’re right. He isn’t a basketball player. Can you imagine how scary he’s gonna be when he is? Yeah. Think about that.

  6. detroit20iron - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Not bad for the clippers since Blake pretty much had a lot to do with sparking interest in the franchise recently.

  7. dickclydesdale - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Pissed away $95 million on a guy that needs to be taken out of the game the last quarter because he is a serious liablity at the free throw line and he has zero shots in his aresenal to carry his team in close games. In fact he has no arsenal, all he does is dunk.

    • paleihe - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Imagine, he’s not that good yet and already averaging a 20-10. Wait til he can hit some free throws and hit 45% of his 18 footers. Not to mention he’s the reason most people started watching the Clippers. Not to mention he puts butts in seats. Not to mention he’s only played two seasons.

      • dannymac17 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        thats too much common sense for this bafoon.

        let him have his “all he does is dunk”

        last i checked, a dunk was worth 2 points, if he wants to throw it down 10-15 times a game, then by all means, thats 20-30 points.

        this is why hes not a coach. Whats Del Negro gonna say?

        “Stop dunking Blake, try hitting a mid range shot, cause its obviously worth more than a dunk”

  8. tsi431 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Kurt just tried to compare the passing ability of a forward to that of a center.

  9. mat9844 - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Great decision for Clips. Blake’s a team player; not a prima donna. He and CP3 helped the Clips improve their fan base 115% last year. He must be doing something right. Looking forward to seeing him next season, in the meantime I’ll watch the USA Olympic team win gold again!

  10. jimsjam33 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    For all the people who say he isn’t worth it . First of all , you couldn’t buy a Clipper home game ticket last season . The Clippers ( yes , I said the Clippers ) were the number one road attraction last year in the NBA . Blake Griffin is not only worth 95 million to Donald Sterling he’s worth twice that amount . The Clippers are on the map and Griffin is leading the charge CP3 or no CP3 !

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