Blake Griffin
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With Chris Paul leaving for Houston, Los Angeles Clippers fans were left wondering what would happen with Blake Griffin, who opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Well, it appears Blake is now the man in L.A., after reaching an agreement on a five-year, $173 million deal with the Clippers on Friday (June 30).

According to ESPN, the deal does not include a no-trade clause.

The report says Griffin met with team owner Steve Ballmer, president/coach Doc Rivers, consultant Jerry West and several players at Staples Center on Friday, describing it as “a trip down memory lane.” In the end, he made his decision.

Griffin told his teammates, coach and the owner: “I want my legacy to be a Clipper.”

The five-time NBA All-Star is currently recovering from a toe injury, which may result in him missing the beginning of the season. He suffered the injury in Game 3 of the Clippers’ playoff series loss to the Utah Jazz.

In seven seasons with the Clippers, Griffin has a career average of 21.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.