Gordon Hayward

AP Source: Blake Griffin opts out, becomes free agent

Blake Griffin has decided to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract.

A person with direct knowledge of Griffin's plans confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither the five-time All-Star nor the Clippers have publicly announced the move.

The move was expected, and gives Griffin the chance to either pursue a deal elsewhere — or, of course, re-sign with the Clippers for more years.

The Clippers have had six consecutive successful regular seasons — winning at least 60 percent of their games each year, something only San Antonio has done in...

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