Chris Paul, Blake Griffin Opt Out Of Contracts With Clippers

Former Oklahoma Sooner Blake Griffin has chose to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract. Paul's player option for 2017 was $24.2 million.

Paul officially exercised his early termination option to become a free agent Saturday, Paul Garcia of The Sports Daily reports. The Clippers lost that series in seven games.

If Griffin re-signs with the Clippers, he can earn more from them than any other team, getting about $175 million over five years.

The Clippers have had six consecutive successful regular seasons - winning at least 60 percent of their games in each, something only San Antonio also has done in that span - but haven't found much success in the playoffs.

Los Angeles acquired Paul from the New Orleans Hornets in December 2011 after former National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern rejected a trade that would've sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers.




To be clear here, both Griffin and Paul were expected to opt out of their deals. The Boston Celtics, Rockets and perhaps even his hometown team of Oklahoma City will be after Griffin. Griffin, 28, netted 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per bout for the Clippers. He missed his entire rookie season due to injury, and he hasn't been able to stay healthy throughout most of the team's post-season appearances.

Griffin will enter the free-agency period that starts July 1 recovering from another injury.

Caldwell-Pope was arrested in March after being pulled over for driving 45 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone, according to police.

Last summer, the Bulls parted with Joakim Noah and traded former point guard Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks.

Caldwell-Pope is a restricted free agent. After a field sobriety test, he was arrested and a breathalyzer test displayed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.

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