As expected, Blake Griffin is going to sign an extension with the Los Angeles Clippers. The young star could make upwards of $95 million during his five-year extension, and the Clippers will have him on the roster through 2018. This is a big piece of good news for a franchise that has seemingly struggled for decades to establish a winning atmosphere. Will this contract be a key part of future success? Clipper Nation sure hopes so.
Not a surprise
This is good news for the Clippers, but there really wasn't much of a chance that Blake was going to sign somewhere else. Of course, that does say something, as it shows how far the Clippers have come in the last couple of years. The idea that a young star would actually be happy to re-sign with the Clippers means that other players may continue to see Los Angeles as a desirable destination.
Set up this way
There is also the fact that the financial system is set up to give players an incentive to re-sign with their existing teams. This is something that the NBA has figured out and Major League Baseball continues to ignore. The marketing of a team becomes easier when fans feel like their stars might stick around for a bit longer. Even if the player does not love their current team, there is a more pronounced financial reason to stay.
Chris Paul will not sign a contract extension, but this also isn't a surprise. He can earn significantly more if he signs an extension after next season. There is obviously risk for CP3 and for the Clippers since he will be in the final year of his deal. However, if the Clippers work hard to keep the roster solid and the team makes another playoff run, I would think CP3 would sign the max deal.
The Clippers continue to move in a positive direction.
The author grew up in Seattle and now lives in Los Angeles, where he waits patiently for the Sonics to return to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he roots for the Clippers to become a winning franchise, and perhaps even the most popular team in their own city. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
More from this contributor:My First Trip to Yankee Stadium
- Sports & Recreation
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Blake Griffin