Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin opts for free agency

Adrian Wojnarowski
Blake Griffin has been with the Clippers for seven seasons. (AP)
Blake Griffin has been with the Clippers for seven seasons. (AP)

As expected, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, a five-time All-Star forward, has exercised the early termination option on his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent.

Griffin is eligible for a $29.7 million starting salary with a new contract, which could be from a five-year, $172 million deal to stay with the Clippers or a four-year, $128 million contract with a new team.

Griffin, 28, is a cornerstone player for the Clippers, a priority for them to re-sign this summer. Boston, Houston and Miami are among multiple possible free-agent destinations for Griffin, who’ll also consider returning to the Clippers.

Griffin is one of the elite players on the summer marketplace.

Griffin was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft and has played seven seasons for the Clippers, averaging 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

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