After trading away Chris Paul earlier in the week, the Los Angeles Clippers gave fellow All-Star Blake Griffin the keys to the kingdom.
Early Saturday morning, Los Angeles re-signed the forward to an absurd five-year, $172.3 million contract. This came right before the team lost J.J. Redick to the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency.
Griffin, 28, now takes over as the face of a franchise that's going to be up against it in a wildly competitive Western Conference moving forward.
He's also set to take on a larger scoring role for a Clips team that lost one of the top-five point guards in the Association. Last year saw the former top pick average 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists while shooting at a 49 percent clip in 61 games. He also posted a tremendous .513 effective field goal percentage.
The issue here has been injuries. Griffin missed 21 games last season and has been sidelined for a total of 83 games over the past three years. Simply put, he has to be seen as an injury-prone player in the fake basketball world.
Though, without Paul aboard, we fully expect Griffin's fantasy relevance to see an uptick in 2017-18. He averaged less than 16 shot attempts per game last season. That number should easily cross the 20-attempt plateau, giving Griffin the opportunity to average 26-plus points per game.
It's going to be interesting to see how the rest of the dynamic plays out for Los Angeles in free agency. But for now, Griffin has to be seen as a high risk, top-end four.