Blake Griffin’s contract with the Los Angeles Clippers has a player option for the 2017-18 NBA season. He may choose to forego his remaining year in southern California to play for his hometown team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
That all depends on what the Thunders will do this season. If the team gets a commitment from Russell Westbrook that he will re-sign with them in the summer of 2017, Griffin might be interested in going back home to Oklahoma City, recent NBA free agents rumors suggest.
Clipper Holics speculated that the Thunder’s 2017 offseason could go two ways. If Westbrook leaves, the team could still pursue Griffin in the hopes of pairing him with elite big man Steven Adams. If Westbrook stays, the addition of Griffin will give the Thunder a super athletic nucleus that could carry the team deep into the playoffs for years to come.
The future of the Thunder hinges on how general manager Sam Presti would handle the Westbrook debacle. CBS Sports stated that the Thunder should hold a personal meeting with Westbrook and ask him about what he feels about the situation.
If he shows signs of uncertainty, it would be best to start calling potential trade partners. It would be beyond devastating for the Thunder organization to lose both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for nothing two summers in a row. Durant recently signed with the Golden State Warriors.
The Houston Rockets are said to be interested in trading for Westbrook. Daryl Morey is keen on replicating the success the Thunder had back when they had Westbrook and James Harden in the back court.
As for Griffin, several things need to happen for him to consider leaving the Clippers. If they fail to stay healthy next season or be booted out of the playoffs again, Griffin should seriously consider a much-deserved change of scenery.