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Blake Griffin and the Clippers have formally agreed on his five-year, approximately $95 million deal, league sources say.
Ken Berger ‏@KBergCBS

It was mostly a foregone conclusion, but Griffin and the Clippers didn't finalize details on the super-max deal until this morning.
 

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Re: TWITTER: Blake Griffin Agrees to 5-year, $95 Million Deal with Clippers

Yup. It is very good, and refreshing to see.

Maybe the Donald finally gets it.
When was the last time the Clippers had a player who draw as much attention (media-wise) as Blake?
Sterling may (yeah, right!) be cheap, but he must be able to recognize his meal ticket. And Blake helps putting fans in the stands...
 

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Re: TWITTER: Blake Griffin Agrees to 5-year, $95 Million Deal with Clippers

Blake Griffin's five-year, $95M extension, soon to be signed now that annual moratorium on new biz is over, contains opt out after Year 4
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Blake Griffin ‏@blakegriffin

Happy to officially sign my extension to #clippernation for 5 more years. Can't wait. Thanks for all the support.
 

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The 4th year opt-outs for Griffin/Williams are both nice to see. The guys signing deals with opt-outs after the 3rd year were handcuffing their franchises. Dwight, LeBron, etc... all of them basically forced their teams into WIN NOW OR ELSE mode. Obviously the Clippers and NYets are expected to contend and do so now - but with that extra year there is an extra level of breathing room for the team GMs. It allows them to build right, instead of simply fast.
 

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overrated but ehh, it was expected
LeBron's biggest weakness in his first years in the league? Defense. Things KD is still improving on? Defense. Blake is going to benefit in a big way playing under Coach K with the rest of the Olympians this year. The cool thing about the national squad is the way that it has evolved over time. In the 1990s it was where the established superstars went to complete their resume. After a while, though - the dominance was boring. And then we lost. The world was shocked. But being complacent does that. That shock caused a rebuild and rebirth.

What it is now is a finishing school for superstars in the making. Working with Coach K, a college coach, has unexpectedly turned it into just that. I think it is fairly clear that the guys benefiting the most are the one-and-done guys. Where staying in school a few years was once what brought NBA players in ready to compete at a high level day 1 (Magic, Bird, Jordan) - now they're coming in unfinished, getting their feet under themselves at the NBA level, and then the olympic experience under Coach K gives them that finished quality. A deeper understanding of the game, a better approach defensively, etc.

Now, I won't give 100% of the credit to Coach K. Working with Kobe and the other veteran stars on the squad is also huge. Kobe's work ethic rubbed off on guys like LeBron, Durant - and they came out of it better than ever (yes, I know Kobe wasn't on that 2010 team with Durant, but they worked together on the team plenty). Now the work ethic imparted on those guys has the chance to transfer over to the younger guys - like Griffin.

I think that the Griffin we see in 2012-13 is going to be an entire level beyond what we saw in 2011-12. And I wouldn't be surprised if we saw Kevin Love add new facets to his game as well, which is scary to think about. Imagine Kevin Love's perimeter and rebounding game paired with defensive intelligence and intensity. He's young enough that it wouldn't shock me. The same goes for Griffin and his intensity, his ferocity. I honestly wouldn't be shocked to see that toned down after working with the olympic squad, he'll slow down, but only because the game has slowed down for him, creating a smarter monster.

Expected? Yes. Overrated? Hopefully not for long.
 

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No he is not overrated.
He was, briefly. And then everyone started talking about how overrated he is. People are starting to talk about him in the proper light now. I think that his potential is actually being underrated by many now - too many people are looking at him as a finished product and assuming what he is is what he will be. Obviously not everybody, but enough people that its out there.
 

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His strides at developing his outside jumper are really flying under the radar, but living here I get to see every minute of every Clipper game and the guy is really getting good at that jumper...when he masters it and defenders have to come out on him that is really going to spread the floor for both him and CP3.
 

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He isn't much of a defender because he isn't that big. He's an athlete. When he loses his athleticism, he will be strictly a jumpshooter. Having said that, he has it now, so he might as well use it till the wheels fall off and since this is the Clippers, they most certainly will.
 

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overrated but ehh, it was expected
Blake nor any player get paid because they can make a jumper. They get paid to fill seats, turn on t.v.s and move products. Blake is doing that. He's one who understands the value of playing in L.A. and it taking full advantage as he should.

He'll have a well rounded game eventually. Obviously he isn't lazy, he'll work on moves and basketball I.Q. especially with Paul to teach it.

Those are really two good players to build around.
 

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his left knee during a scrimmage at Team USA training camp and is returning to Los Angeles to be examined by the Clippers' doctors.

USA Basketball said in a statement that Griffin reported he was experiencing discomfort in the knee after the scrimmage and will miss Thursday night's exhibition game against the Dominican Republic (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The Clippers said in a statement that Griffin would undergo an MRI exam once he returns to Los Angeles and then will be evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic on Sunday.

Griffin did not show any obvious signs of an injury on Wednesday, and a source told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Griffin's knee "swelled up" after the scrimmage.

New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis, the NBA's 2012 No. 1 overall pick out of Kentucky, has been asked to report to Team USA training camp in Las Vegas. Davis will dress for Team USA's game against the Dominican Republic, USA Basketball announced Thursday.

The Dominican Republic is coached by John Calipari, Davis' former coach at Kentucky.

Griffin, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, signed a five-year extension with the Clippers that could be worth as much as $95 million on Wednesday.

The Team USA coaching staff will be surprised if Griffin would return to the team in light of his new deal with the Clippers and his past knee injury that kept him out of what would have been his rookie season, a source with direct knowledge told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

Griffin averaged 20.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 66 games last season, helping the Clippers to a 40-26 record --their first winning season since 2005-06 and their first playoff berth since then, as well. They beat Memphis in the first round, with Griffin averaging 18.0 points and 6.4 rebounds, before losing to San Antonio in the conference semifinals.

Griffin was the only Clippers player to play all 82 games in the 2010-11 season, averaging 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists en route to winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.

Davis had been added to the Hornets' Summer League roster on Monday.

Davis was in Las Vegas last week for U.S. Olympic team tryouts, but a sore left ankle hampered his already slim chances to make the 12-man roster for the London Games.

The 6-foot-11 Davis is one of six alternates on the USA roster and thus is available to replace a player on the official Olympic roster. A source told Katz said Davis also would travel with the team to Washington on Friday for an exhibition against Brazil on Monday.

Players can be replaced on the roster in case of injury any time up to 48 hours before the start of the Olympics.

Griffin was hurt during the playoffs and struggled through the pain before the Clippers were ousted in the second round by San Antonio. After taking a couple of weeks off, he was back on the court and had been playing well for the Americans, who planned to use him at center.

The Americans lost two centers, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh, to injuries before camp, along with Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade. Chris Paul, Griffin's Clippers' teammate, sprained his right thumb on the first day of camp and has been sitting out scrimmages.
 

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Poor Blake. The Clippers and their Napoleon complex can go **** themselves, but you hate to see a talented kid get injured.

And he's not overrated. Maybe he was for a minute there, but his popularity with the message board crowd has done a complete and total 180 in the past few months.
 

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I just feel so bad for the great city of los angeles because they dont have an nba team that they can really get behind, oh wait...
 
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