Thursday, January 20, 2011
Clippers Planning to Keep Griffin Forever
There may be a few veteran players around the league who aren't particularly fond of Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin(notes) because of his thunderous dunks, dramatic rebounds and physical play. But there is one person in the league who is absolutely loving him: Clippers GM Neil Olshey.
Griffin is under contract till 2014, but Olshey is already saying that there is no way the Clippers will let him go anywhere else. "I can guarantee you he will only ever be a Clipper," Olshey said, according to ESPN Los Angeles. "If [Oklahoma City Thunder general manager] Sam Presti arrived on Kevin Durant's(notes) doorstep at midnight on July 1st with an extension, understand that Blake Griffin lives two blocks away from me in Manhattan Beach so it's going to be a much shorter commute for me. When it comes time for him to be a free agent, we won't be losing."
The Clips have won 10 of their last 14. The 6-10 Griffin, a 21-year-old out of Oklahoma, is averaging 22.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game this season.
"The future looks pretty good," Olshey said, the site reports.