Report: Thunder will pursue Blake Griffin next summer
The Oklahoma City Thunder are already looking at ways to build around Russell Westbrook.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, the Thunder have interest in bringing Blake Griffin in next summer to complement Westbrook. Griffin can enter free agency in the summer of 2017 if he opts out of his deal, which he is widely expected to do.
Griffin played his college basketball at Oklahoma, so a return to the state would be a homecoming of sorts. As Wojnarowski notes, he’s had his tensions with Chris Paul, and the Thunder may well feel that they’ll be able to lure him away from Los Angeles.
This is not the first time we have heard this story. Now that Westbrook has committed himself to Oklahoma City for at least the next three years, the team can dare to dream about pairing him with another superstar that could once again make them contenders in the loaded Western Conference.