Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin opts for free agency

Adrian Wojnarowski
The Vertical
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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