With the Los Angeles Clippers trading away All-Star guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, one of their main goals is to retain Blake Griffin. There have been NBA rumors suggesting Griffin could be traded to or sign with a handful of different squads. These have included the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, among others. Now another suitor has emerged as it appears the Phoenix Suns are interested in possibly adding the All-Star forward to their roster.

Blake meeting with Suns

It was announced this past week that Blake Griffin would become a free agent. With the NBA free agency period officially starting for teams as of this Saturday, Griffin will be meeting with the Phoenix Suns. According to Bleacher Report, the Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner reported that the Suns have the ability to offer Griffin as much as $130 million in a four-year deal. Now it will remain to be seen if Griffin will go for the money realizing that this won't be the ideal place to play if he wants a good shot to win an NBA title in the near future.

The Phoenix Suns don't quite fit the bill of an NBA contender at all right now. The team finished out the 2016-17 NBA season at just 24-58 and ended up getting the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft. With that pick, Phoenix added Kansas' Josh Jackson to their lineup to complement their other young stars including Devin Booker and Marquese Chriss.

Clippers still want Griffin

Once Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets, it was reported by various sources that the Los Angeles Clippers were going to make signing Blake Griffin a top priority. That made it seem that Griffin would continue to be the face of the franchise now that CP3 has departed. However, with at least a few teams interested in acquiring the multiple-time NBA All-Star to increase their chances at a championship that could be difficult.

Los Angeles has been the NBA Playoffs multiple times over the past several seasons with their trio of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan. However, the team failed to reach the Western Conference Finals in any of those trips. Most recently, they bowed out in the first round in seven games to the No. 5 seed Utah Jazz. A lot of that was attributed to the fact that Griffin went down early in the series with a toe injury.

If Los Angeles can offer Griffin a good enough deal he could very well stay in the city he seems to love. However, if a team such as the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat can find a way to lure Blake to their roster, it could be in his best interest to have a better chance at winning a championship. The Phoenix Suns will hope that money combined with their pitch to the star player to play for an up-and-coming team is enough to convince him that Suns jerseys should be part of his wardrobe.

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