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Pacific Notes: Griffin, Kobe, Chandler

High-flying power forward Blake Griffin would ideally like to remain with the Clippers for his entire career, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders relays. Yeah, I mean L.A. is my home now,” said Griffin. “This is where I got drafted and I’ve been here since the beginning. I’ve been with this franchise during some bad times. You know, it hasn’t always been like it is now; anytime you have a chance to go from that to this, you feel invested. I’m not looking to go anywhere. With that being said, you never know [in this business]. But I’m happy here, I love it here, and I would love to finish my career here.” Griffin’s current deal runs through the 2017/18 season, though that final year is a player option worth $21,373,952. Be sure to check out the full interview Griffin did with Kennedy, as it is certainly worth a read.

Now here’s more out of the Pacific Division:

  • Kobe Bryant is expected to be fully healthy at the start of Lakers training camp, but coach Byron Scott intends to carefully limit the veteran’s minutes this season to maximize what could potentially be Bryant’s final NBA hurrah, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register writes. “We’ve got to stick to the guns,” Scott said. “If we agree on a certain amount of time we’re going to stick to it. I know Kobe’s a competitor and he’s going to play as many minutes as you want him to play. I’m also a competitor, so I want to win and I know having him on the court gives me the best opportunity to win. If this is his last year. I want him to go out standing. I don’t want him to go out hurt.
  • Even though center Tyson Chandler is past his prime he brings with him exactly what the Suns need stability to the pivot, spectacular interior defense, and leadership, the crew at Basketball Insiders opine in their season preview of the team. They also believe that the eighth seed in the Western Conference is likely to come down to a fight between Phoenix and the Jazz, with how well Utah compensates for the loss of Dante Exum being a big determining factor.
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2 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Griffin, Kobe, Chandler

  1. Chris Crouse

    I think Tyson Chandler will certainly help the Suns this season, I’m not sure they make the playoffs. The Jazz should pick up right where they left off last season and I think people are underestimating the Mavs this season. It should be a better eighth seed race than the East.

  2. jacktheil

    I think the Suns will end up with the #8 spot. Utah will drop with Exum out for the season, And the Mavs, although they brought in new talent, also lost some too, and i think they’ll get that #9 spot and just miss the playoffs by a game or two. should be interesting.

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