Blake Griffin has reportedly agreed to sign the max contract extension that the Clippers immediately offered him the moment they were allowed to do so at 9pm Pacific time on Saturday night. There was no hesitation by the team or the player. If Blake reaches certain incentives the contract could we worth as much as 95 Mil over 5 years. Blake can not officially sign until July 11.
Chris Paul reportedly did not agree to the extention that the Clippers offered him, but this move was actually expected. The Clippers could only offer him a 3 year extension this summer worth 60 Mil. If Chris waits until next year, the Clippers can offer him a 5 year extension worth over 108 Mil.
This move locks up an important piece in the puzzle as the Clippers attempt to lock in a core of key players that will be the cornerstone of the franchise for the forseeable future. Caron Butler, Trey Thompkins, and Eric Bledsoe are under contract for 2 years, with Bledose and Thompkins becoming restricted free agents after that if qualifying offers are given to them. DeAndre Jordan was already extended and locked in for 3 more years as well. If they can get CP3 next summer then the Clippers will become a destination resort for players that want to play for an up and coming franchise that has a chance to win a championship.
The Clippers still need to decide who is going to be the starting SG. Chauncey Billups is telling the world that he wants to return to the Clippers as soon as possible, but do due to his age, would probably not be considered the long term answer.
Lamar Odom is in the last year of his contract as well, so if the Clippers consider him to be one of the conerstone players of the franchise moving forward, an extension will be necessary with Lamar as well. But don't look for a real long term deal. At age 33, Lamar is likely to get only 2 to 3 years.
The Clippers have reached out to Jason Terry, Jamal Crawford, Ray Allen and Nick Young once the free agency period began. If they are able to add 2 of those players to the current lineup, they would have a very formidable team going into next season. Having a successful season with the right players under contract is the kind of situation that will keep Chris Paul around for a very long time.