Report: Blake Griffin to re-sign with Clippers; off the board for Miami Heat

According to a report, Blake Griffin will be returning to the Clippers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

ORLANDO – Blake Griffin is off the board.

The Clippers’ power forward reportedly is returning to L.A. for a max deal of five years and $175 million according to reports. Griffin had meetings with Phoenix and Denver he has cancelled.

Griffin, 28, was reported as a possible candidate to sign with the Heat and some speculated he would wind up in Miami. But no meeting between the parties had ever been set and it never was clear if Pat Riley actually had a great interest in pursuing Griffin.

With Griffin off the table the likelihood increased that James Johnson returns to Miami.

Speculation on how the trade the sent Chris Paul to Houston would impact Griffin’s decision was all over the board. Some believed he would be more apt to leave the Clippers if they were blowing it all up and starting over and other speculating Griffin was more likely to stay in L.A. considering he and Paul never really got along and the Clippers were making him their priority.

Griffin has spent his entire seven-year career with the Clippers. While L.A. could offer him a five-year max deal the most he could have made with another team was about $127 million over four years .

Griffin averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season while shooting 49.3 percent but he would have come with a risk. He has missed 80 games in the last three regular seasons combined and the last two years his postseason was cut short, including playing in just three games in the 2017 playoffs because of a toe injury.

In 2016 Griffin partially tore his left quadriceps tendon in Game 4 of the Clippers first-round series and did not return.

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