It’s official. The LA Clippers have signed Blake Griffin to his new contract.
Blake Griffin is back. The All-Star forward officially signed his contract with the LA Clippers on Monday, following a brief flirtation with free agency.
The LA Clippers wanted to make sure that they could bring Griffin back in, especially after losing Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. Instead of entering full re-build mode, the team, under the advisement of Jerry West, geared up to re-tool in free agency.
Getting Blake Griffin back was the top priority. The team added depth in the wake of Chris Paul’s departure by netting Lou Williams, Patrick Beverly, Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell. They also went out and signed European star, Milos Teodosic. The final piece of the puzzle was to finalize a sign-and-trade with the Denver Nuggets for Danilo Gallinari. These new pieces will all be welcomed in a press conference on Tuesday, July 18th.
On Monday, the Clippers officially completed their last big move of the offseason: Re-signing Griffin. The team has no more cap room, so they could go ahead and add Blake to the roster. The team still needs some depth at both big man positions, but they can still use veteran’s minimum contracts to bring in guys. Rumors have circulated that the team could still have interest in re-signing Mo Speights.
The Clippers hope that the depth they brought in this offseason, coupled with a healthy season of Blake Griffin will keep them in the championship conversation. Blake could look to have a bounce back MVP-level year, provided he can stay healthy.