Blake Griffin’s return keeps once-irrelevant Clippers relevant

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When Blake Griffin contemplated what his first foray into unrestricted free agency might look like, the thought of a choreographed dance with the league’s high-powered suitors in early July seemed icky. For all the endorsements and comedy ventures, Griffin finds the conventions of NBA stardom a little odd. The freedom of free agency is appealing, but the midnight-July 1 spectacle is not.

“I don’t need to feel wanted,” Griffin said just before the LA Clippers’ ill-fated playoff run. “It’s nice to hear how you could fit in with teams in the future, but I don’t need that hard recruiting pitch. If I went and met with a team and they brought a celebrity to the meeting, I would immediately be turned off. That’s pitiful.”

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