Blake Griffin opts to stay with Clippers after reportedly agreeing to 5-year, $173M max contract
Blake Griffin has averaged 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in seven season all with the Clippers. AP

BLAKE Griffin is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers after agreeing to a five-year, $173 million maximum contract deal.

According to The Vertical, sources within the NBA said the five-time All-Star Griffin reached the agreement when he met Clippers ownership and front office on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).

After sending Chris Paul in a trade to the Houston Rockets, Clippers coach and team president Doc Rivers went on to focus on retaining the 28-year-old forward, who has averaged 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in seven season all with the Clips.

Griffin, however, did not get a no-trade clause in his new deal, sources also told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

The 6-foot-10 Griffin had previously told the team he was declining his player option to become a free agent, but had a change of heart after his meeting with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, special consultant Jerry West, Rivers and some teammates at Staples Center.

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