Blake Griffin now becomes the priority for the Clippers to re-sign in the wake of Chris Paul’s great escape from Los Angeles.
The Clippers have the upper hand in the talks with Griffin because they can offer more money than any other team, a five-year deal worth about $175 million. But the Clippers are hesitant to give Griffin all five years because of his health issues, according to an NBA executive who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Griffin is recovering from surgery on the plantar plate of his right big toe that could sideline him up to November and possibly December.
Still, there are at least four other teams looking to talk with Griffin and he...