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For Westbrook, the most likely scenario for a renegotiation would be to use the Thunder’s cap space to guarantee he will stay under contract with the Thunder through the 2017-18 season. This would give Oklahoma City the chance to recruit one of its top targets – 2017 free agent and Oklahoma native Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers – to partner with Westbrook, league sources said.
Storyline: Blake Griffin to Thunder?
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Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul won’t be a free agent until next offseason, but his mentality on free agency was made clear based on his advice to Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, who shocked the basketball world this summer with his departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder. “It’s free agency, you know. You get the ability to choose,” Paul told USA TODAY Sports after an event at the Boys & Girls Club of Chicago on Monday. “I remember I told KD, ‘man this is one of the only times in your career where you get to pick and choose where you want to play and where you want to live. Enjoy it.’ His decision, it is what it is. I’m happy for him.”