Blake Griffin has reached an agreement on a five-year, $173 million deal with the LA Clippers, league sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday.
Griffin met with team owner Steve Ballmer, president and coach Doc Rivers, special consultant Jerry West and several players at Staples Center on Friday.
One person involved reportedly described the meeting as "a trip down memory lane," with players Jamal Crawford, DeAndre Jordan, Patrick Beverley, Wesley Johnson and Sam Dekker all featured in a "production." At the end of the two-hour fete, Griffin rose and spoke, telling teammates, his coach and the owner that "I want my legacy to be a Clipper." Before Blake Griffin's arrival in 2009, the Clippers were the most woebegone franchise in all of sports.
Griffin is recovering from a toe injury that has left him questionable for the start of the season.
He suffered the injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe in Game 3 of the Clippers' playoff series loss to the Utah Jazz.