“It gives us competitive distinction in the NBA,” Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said. “From a business, brand, franchise standpoint, it distinguishes us in a world that is uber-competitive. Anything you do that makes you stand out is a good thing. We couldn’t be more excited about the accomplishment.
June 23, 2017 | 7:26 pm EDT Update
As expected, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, a five-time All-Star forward, has exercised the early termination option on his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told The Vertical.
Griffin, 28, is a cornerstone player for the Clippers, a priority for them to re-sign this summer. Boston, Houston and Miami are among multiple possible free-agent destinations for Griffin, who’ll also consider returning to the Clippers.