The Clippers have guaranteed that Blake Griffin isn’t going anywhere. Ever. Well, as in playing for another team.
Don’t expect a ‘Melo-drama involving the BlakeShow in 2014 or ’15 or ’16. Don’t think Blake Superior is going test those free agents waters like he’s dipping his toes into the Pacific.
At least that’s the opinion of a big wig at the Clip Joint, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
“I can guarantee you he will only ever be a Clipper,” general manager Neil Olshey said of his prized rookie. “If [Oklahoma City Thunder general manager] Sam Presti arrived on Kevin Durant‘s doorstep at midnight on July 1st with an extension, understand that Blake Griffin lives two blocks away from me in Manhattan Beach so it’s going to be a much shorter commute for me.”
Considering the history of the Donald Sterling‘s franchise, there’s no guarantee Olshey will still be employed when Griffin’s rookie contract runs out. But the sentiment is clear: L.A.’s other team has found a franchise player in Blake and plans to build around the Rookie of the Year favorite.
The Nuggets have thought the same for the last seven years with Carmelo Anthony. Things change, as do priorities. ‘Melo says being in a position to ultimately win a title is his only goal. He’s not convinced that can happen in Denver. As for New York …
Who’s to say Griffin won’t want the same thing. Again, considering the Clippers’ history, winning is hardly guaranteed. Olshey countered that the Clips are winning now, though he’s using a sample size of less than 20 games. The GM also pointed to the young talent being assembled, such as Eric Gordon, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe and Al-Farouq Aminu.
“The future looks pretty good. The only question will be, in two or three years with Blake, is how much more we’ll be winning.”