The Clippers have made it clear that Blake Griffin will be back for the 2017-18 season.
“I’m 100 percent, 100 percent,” Griffin told ESPN’s David Aldridge on Monday.
We’re going to win the NBA title.”
He also said he had not been told what his role would be on the team.
“That’s not up to me, but I know we’re going with a team that has a winning mentality,” Griffin said.
“We’re going after the championship.
We’re playing the best basketball in the NBA, and we want to be playing great basketball every single game.” “
And it’s going to be tough.
We’re playing the best basketball in the NBA, and we want to be playing great basketball every single game.”
Griffin played just 16 games last season because of knee and groin injuries.
His return to play for the first time since November is the latest sign that the Clippers are on the right track heading into a new era under coach Doc Rivers.
Griffin had three of his six games in November missed because of back spasms.
The Clippers went 9-12 in November, and they are 5-8 in December.
“Obviously Blake is a competitor, he’s a competitor,” Rivers said.
“(He’s) a great competitor.
He wants to be out there, he wants to compete.
We think he’ll come back and be a big part of this team, because we know what kind of player he is.”
Rivers said the Clippers would not rush Griffin back into the rotation.
“If he wants a second chance, he can come back in, but we don’t want to rush him back,” Rivers told reporters.
“Blake is the type of player who comes back and does it all over again.”
Griffin was traded to the Clippers from the Dallas Mavericks in July, a move that was expected to help the Clippers find their scoring punch.
Griffin averaged just 3.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game last season.
He averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 assists last season, but he missed the final 11 games with a knee injury.
Griffin also missed the Clippers’ win over the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs because of a left groin strain.