With Blake Griffin and the high flying LA Clippers facing off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night, rumors that Griffin will sign with the Thunder in free agency are at an all time high. Griffin understandably wants to focus on the game, but he still took a moment to comment.
The 5 time NBA All Star said that he’s solely focused on this season and his current team, the Clippers.
“People that I talk to and my friends and family from back home, I think they’re… I would say true friends and family, where they know that my main focus is this season and this team,” Griffin told Andrew Han of ESPN after the Clippers blew out the Portland Trail Blazers 111-80 on Wednesday night. “And they know that I enjoy playing here and I love this team, coaching staff, everybody. So they know that that’s my main focus. So I think they pretty much know not to bring that up.”
The rumors persist because Griffin grew up in Oklahoma City and attended the University of Oklahoma. In recent years, we’ve seen high profile “homecomings” become popular, with LeBron James returning to Cleveland, Dwight Howard returning to his hometown Atlanta, and Dywane Wade to Chicago. Still, the Clippers currently sit on top of the league and have the best defensive efficiency in the league, so Griffin doesn’t really have a reason to move.
“It’s honestly nothing I even really think about,” Griffin said to SiriusXM NBA Radio during the preseason. “Haven’t had a conversation with anybody. That includes friends, family, agents, coaches, teammates… It’s not a conversation I have. I got a lot of basketball left to play this year. I got a full season, postseason, still got some preseason. So that’s on the back on my mind. I’ll deal with that when the appropriate time comes. But right now isn’t the time.”
Griffin has played with the Clippers since being drafted first overall in 2009. He’s currently in the fourth year of his five year max extension, with the option to enter free agency this summer.