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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.
Griffin has spent his entire career with the Clippers, averaging 21.5 points and 9.4 rebounds on 52 percent shooting in seven seasons. He was due to make $21.4 million next season.
Griffin was the No. 1 overall pick by the Clippers in the 2009 draft. He missed the 2009-10 season because of a left knee injury, and a variety of injuries have seen him miss 83 games in the past three regular seasons.
Millsap, a four-time All-Star, had a $21.4 million option for next season that he said he planned to opt out of following the Hawks’ first-round exit from the playoffs. Atlanta could offer to re-sign him for a projected five-year deal worth up to $205 million. If another team was interested, it could offer him a four-year contract worth $158.4 million.
Millsap averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds this past season. His name was floated around at the trade deadline, but Atlanta ultimately decided to hang on to him en route to a 43-39 record and the fifth seed in the East.
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