Blake Griffin signs five-year max extension with the Clippers
Blake Griffin announced via Twitter that he's officially signed his extension with the Clippers.
The mayor of Lob City isn't going anywhere. At least not for five more years.
Happy to officially sign my extension to #clippernation for 5 more years. Can't wait. Thanks for all the support.— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin) July 11, 2012
(And for even more official-ness, the Clippers announced it as well.)
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that Griffin, 23, was signing the "Rose Rule" supermax extension for five years, roughly $95 million. To qualify, Griffin needs to make another All-Star Game as a starter, another All-NBA team, or win an MVP. It's very likely he'll meet the necessary benchmarks as he was named an All-Star starter last season and voted to second-team All-NBA.
The supermax extension counts for 30 percent of the team's cap in 2013-14.
Berger notes that Griffin has left an opt-out clause after the fourth year though meaning he could be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017.
Griffin averaged 20.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 66 games played last season.
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Kobe Bryant, of course, had his 81-point game against Rose and the Raptors back in 2006