Will Blake Griffin Keep Chris Paul with L.A. Clippers Long Term?

September 25th, 2012 by Rob Mahoney Leave a reply »

The NBA world has taken to a cycle of dread, planning and free agency. The entire league revolves around which players can leave their teams, and which teams are capable of stealing them away. 

It's within such a league dynamic that Chris Paul will enter the open market in the summer of 2013. Paul's initial term in Los Angeles is coming to a close, leaving Blake Griffin and the Clippers with just one more season to make their case as his destination of choice. Their claim is a compelling one, but when free agency opens next summer and Paul is courted by a half dozen teams (or more), will the factors in L.A.'s favor be enough to keep the league's preeminent point guard a Clipper over the long term? Let's take a look.

Room to grow

Blake Griffin is not only one of the best players that Paul could claim as a teammate beginning in 2013, but likely the youngest. Lest we forget, the monstrously productive 22-year-old has accomplished all that he has in just two NBA seasons—leaving him plenty of time to not only flesh out his game as he approaches his playing prime, but learn from Paul and reinforce their natural chem ...

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