Blake Griffin opts out, becomes free agent

The Clippers organization was dealt a double blow Friday when Chris Paul and Blake Griffin chose to opt out of their contracts to become unrestricted free agents.

Each is considered possiblities to stay with the Clippers, though both will be heavily courted once the free-agent period begins July 1.

This further fuels speculation that Paul will play alongside LeBron James, as the pair's friendship has led to huge speculation that they may join forces at some point.

Griffin also got hurt in Game 3 of the Clippers' first-round matchup against Utah this season and never returned. Paul could earn up to $205 million if he opts to re-sign with the franchise, $52 million more than he could earn if he signs elsewhere.

Paul plans on visiting with the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, per the Los Angeles Times.

The bigger question: Does Blake Griffin want to be back with the Clippers next season?

Remaining with the Clippers makes the most sense financially for Paul.

Now, less than an hour later, we have news that Chris Paul has chose to do the same. The nine-time All-Star has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his 12-year career.

  • Julie Sanders