Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers are both headed toward free agency, a league source confirmed to ZAGSBLOG.
“I expect them both to,” the source said.
The Vertical and ESPN both reported that Griffin has decided to opt out, while ESPN then reported Paul is expected to do so before June 29.
Griffin has a player option for $21.3 million in 2017-18, while Paul’s player option is for $24.3 million.
The Clippers finished 51-31 last season for the team’s 5th straight 50-win season, despite injuries to both Griffin and Paul. They lost to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
The No. 1 pick in 2009, he has averaged 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in seven seasons.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.