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The Clippers know it’ll likely take a five-year deal to keep Blake Griffin, whose status for the start of next season is in question due to a toe injury, sources told ESPN.
All-Star Chris Paul is headed to the Rockets as part of a blockbuster trade that will send seven players, a first-round draft pick and cash to the Clippers.
With Griffin, the Clippers have had six consecutive successful regular seasons — winning at least 60 percent of their games each year, something only San Antonio has done in that same span. But they’ve never cracked the code of finding success in the playoffs, failing to make it out of the second round in any of those six seasons, and losing in the first round each of the last two years.
Griffin was the No. 1 overall pick by the Clippers in the 2009 draft. He missed the entire 2009-10 season with a left knee injury, and a variety of injuries have seen him miss 83 games in the last three regular seasons alone.
Griffin also got hurt in Game 3 of the Clippers’ first-round matchup against Utah this season and never returned. The Clippers lost that series in seven games, dropping the deciding game at home.
Griffin is ranked No. 7 on the list of top available free agents this offseason compiled by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton.
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