Griffin 'excited to be back' with Clippers after signing new deal

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Griffin, 28, signed a five-year deal worth $173million on Wednesday, having become a free agent on July 1.

In a media session on Wednesday, Griffin shared that he expects to be back "by training camp", adding that he's seen five different specialists who said that timeline is realistically plausible. "This was the best place for me". "This next chapter and next season for the Clippers and myself, I've never been more excited about an opportunity".

Blake Griffin's toe injury and surgery that ended his season with the Clippers reportedly included a recovery that could have held him out until December, but the newly-signed forward has other ideas about his return. I've never had hard feelings with any of my teammates who made a decision to leave or felt like it was best to leave. You know about his talent.

"He's one of the best passing, best scoring, best defending big men in our franchise's history".

The five-time NBA All-Star - selected with the number one pick in the 2009 Draft - had meetings scheduled with the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets, but cancelled them to remain with the Clippers. The fact we can get him and keep him and build around Blake, it's phenomenal for us.

"This is a great day in Clipper history, when you get a guy of Blake's ability to say, 'I want to be a Clipper, '" Rivers said. That goes from owners all the way down to the coaching staff to the roster to everything just day-to-day. He's expected to be ready by training camp.

Last year, Griffin averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

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