Blake Griffin’s LA-based production company is key for him to stay in the city
With the establishment of his own production company, Mortal Media, Blake Griffin obviously has his post-basketball future in mind. According to a recent report, this will weigh heavily in the power forward’s free agency decision this summer.
The 28-year-old is expected to hit free agent this summer and could very well be dawning a different jersey come the 2017-18 season. Although the L.A. Clippers hold his Bird Rights and can offer him a bigger contract than any other team, money might not be the only motivation for Griffin.
“That Griffin would also stay and reap the biggest payday he can seems likely, too—in theory,” per Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report. “But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start—perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.”
Both Boston and his hometown Oklahoma City would be feasible destinations for the high-flying forward, but there may be some extra incentive for him to stay in L.A. in order to pursue his business in the entertainment industry.
The first overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft is now in his seventh season with the Clippers. Although his team has made it to the playoffs for five consecutive years – and this season set to be the sixth – they have never made it past the second round in that span. Should they suffer the same fate this season then perhaps both Griffin and the Clippers might be open to parting ways.
This would put the Lakers in a great position to pounce. Even the Knicks if Phil Jackson and co. ends up willing to take the cap hit to sign a superstar this offseason then Griffin might be the man for the job.