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Report: Blake Griffin opts out of Clippers contract

Blake Griffin

The Los Angeles Clippers were expected to undergo changes this summer and the first domino has fallen. According the Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Blake Griffin is opting out of his contract.

This move was expected, as Griffin stands to earn a great deal more money by opting out than if he had played out his previous deal. Griffin’s current deal had him slated to make over $21 million this season. Now, he can be offered a maximum contract of $175 million for five years from the Clippers or $130 million for four years from competitors. In either scenario, he stands to greatly increase his yearly salary and guaranteed money.

Griffin, 28, is a five-time NBA All-Star. This past season, he averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. He is expected to receive offers from a variety of suitors around the league.

Shane McNichol covers college basketball and the NBA for Larry Brown Sports. He also blogs about basketball at Palestra Back and has contributed to Rush The Court, ESPN.com, and USA Today Sports Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain.

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