Blake Griffin positive about future
LAS VEGAS -- Blake Griffin can't sign an extension with the Los Angeles Clippers until July 11. And the Clippers and his agent Sam Goldfeder are still working through the final details of that five-year, $95 million extension.
But Griffin already was talking like a man ready to build a future in L.A. Friday afternoon after Team USA's first practice as part of a weeklong training camp in Las Vegas.
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"We'll talk about it when it gets done," Griffin told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "I feel good about them (the Clippers). Like I've said, everything's been positive. Everything's been moving forward. It's been a good experience. I'm not a believer in breaking up something that's working."
As for his running mate in L.A., point guard Chris Paul, Griffin said he didn't read much into his decision to wait on signing an extension with the team.
"I didn't expect him to re-sign this summer," Griffin said. "I don't think anybody who knows anything about it did. But we'll work on that throughout the season."
Paul was eligible to sign a three-year, $60 million extension this summer. However, he can sign a five-year, $108 million extension next summer.
Griffin said he took two weeks off after the season and is completely healthy. He was dealing with a variety of injuries at the end of the season.
This is Griffin's first experience with USA Basketball since he was 17. He is considered one of the players on the bubble to make the 12-man team, which will be announced Saturday evening.
"That's my focus right now," he said. "Actually having a chance to compete for this is great. It's been really fun."