Griffin (toe) has opted out of his contract, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
Griffin was scheduled to earn over $21 million during the upcoming season, but, as expected, he'll forgo that salary in search of a new long-term deal this offseason. While Griffin opting out doesn't come as a surprise, it does drive home the reality that he could leave Los Angeles this summer. At 28 years old, Griffin has averaged just over 21 points each of the last three seasons, while posting around eight rebounds and five assists per game the past two. Although he's ended back-to-back campaigns injured, Griffin still figures to be one of the five most-coveted free agents this offseason, giving the Clippers stiff competition to retain their star forward.
Griffin underwent successful surgery Monday to repair the plantar plate in his right big toe, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
After an MRI revealed the injury during the first round of the playoffs, Griffin was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the postseason. He's now officially underwent surgery on the toe, but the Clippers have yet to give any sort of concrete timetable for a return, although according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, Griffin should be ready to go by the preseason schedule. Griffin is expected to opt out of his $21.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season, which would make him an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Clippers will be able to offer Griffin the most money on a max deal, but it remains to be seen if that will be enough to retain his services. Look for additional updates on Griffin's toe throughout the offseason.
Griffin (toe) has been ruled out for the remainder of the postseason due to an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Through the first two games of the Clippers' Round 1 series against the Jazz, Griffin provided a combined 50 points, five assists and 12 rebounds, but he was limited to just 18 minutes in Saturday's Game 3. The 28-year-old left the game after putting up 11 points and six rebounds, and a subsequent MRI on Saturday morning revealed the plantar plate issue. The loss of Griffin is obviously a crushing blow for the Clippers, who have dealt with a number of injuries to key players over the past several years, both during the regular season and the playoffs. In Griffin's absence, expect Marreese Speights to be the primary beneficiary.
Griffin (toe) underwent an MRI following Friday's Game 3 win over the Jazz, but his status for Sunday's Game 4 has yet to be determined, the Los Angeles Times' Broderick Turner reports.
For the second time in as many postseasons, Griffin has been bitten by the injury bug, as he was forced to depart Game 3 with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter due to a bruised right big toe. Fortunately for the Clippers, X-rays conducted on Griffin's toe during halftime revealed no structural damage, but he was still held out of the remainder of the contest. More information on Griffin's status for the first-round series should be known when the results of the MRI are revealed Saturday, but for now, the big man should be viewed as day-to-day. If Griffin is forced out of Game 4, Luc Mbah a Moute would likely be the biggest beneficiary after turning in a career postseason-high 15 points in 37 minutes Friday.
Fortunately for the Clippers, X-rays on Griffin's right big toe came back negative, but he's still dealing with a painful bruise, which will prevent him from returning to the contest following his exit in the second quarter. He was on his way to productive night and will finish with 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes. The team will likely reevaluate Griffin after the game to determine the extent of the injury, but look for Luc Mbah a Moute, Paul Pierce and Marresse Speights to see increased run in the frontcourt for at least the remainder of Friday's contest.
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