As was expected, Blake Griffin ended up re-signing on the dotted line with Los Angeles once Chris Paul was traded to Houston earlier this week. The Clippers plan to re-tool around Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but this impacted the Suns’ plans slightly heading towards the start of free agency.
Phoenix had first dibs at Griffin and his representation on Saturday scheduled, but with this news that obviously was canceled. All along reports were that if Los Angeles was willing to offer Griffin that important fifth year on his deal, he would stay.
Even though Griffin would have helped push the roster towards a playoff birth, was a four-year max going to really affect the outcome against other teams pairing superstars together out west? Now, after the Paul George trade to Oklahoma City with Russell Westbrook, I would say trust the timeline and wait this arms race out against Golden State and others. Supplementing role talent around the strengths of Devin Booker, Josh Jackson, Marquese Chriss, and Dragan Bender should now be on top of the to-do list for Phoenix’s front office.
With the numbers out on Griffin’s long-term extension, $173 over five per The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Phoenix seems poised to move on to their next target this weekend in Paul Millsap.
Stay tuned, as the madness that is NBA Free Agency kicks off within the hour!