It appears that the "Lob City" era of the Los Angeles Clippers is coming to an end. Chris Paul already left as he was traded to the Houston Rockets just a couple of days ago, while Blake Griffin informed the team that he would opt out of his final year of the contract and become a free agent.

Griffin was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Clippers and spent all of his seven seasons so far playing in Los Angeles. When the Clippers decided to sign Chris Paul to a five-year contract in 2013, it appeared that the combination of Paul and Griffin could lead them to win the championship possibly.

Unfortunately for them, that never happened and they actually never even got to the Conference finals.

Now with Chris Paul out of town, it seems like Blake Griffin might look for a new challenge in his career too. Earlier this week, Blake informed the Clippers front office that he would not pick up the player option for the final year of his contract, and he's about to become a free agent.

Griffin headed to Arizona?

Last season Griffin averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game with the Clippers and he is widely recognized as one of the best power-forwards in the league. According to ESPN's reports, the Phoenix Suns are interested in signing him this summer, and reportedly Griffin is going to meet with the Suns on Saturday.

Apparently, Griffin has a strong interest in joining the Suns this summer, and it shouldn't be a surprise if this actually happens.

Even though the Suns finished at the bottom of the Western Conference last season with a 24-58 record, they still have some interesting pieces and young players to build around.

Griffin will bring star presence and playoff experience to the team if he decides to join them.

The last time the Suns made it to the playoffs was back in 2010, and it seems like they decided to speed up their rebuilding process as they look to sign Griffin. Phoenix can offer him a four-year contract worth around $130 million, and the combination of Blake Griffin and Devin Booker would definitely be exciting to watch.

What's next for the Clippers

If Griffin decides to stay with the Clippers, he will be able to sign a five-year $175 million deal, thanks in large part to the new collective-bargaining agreement. That's a lot of money to leave on the table, and it's going to be interesting to see what will be the outcome of this situation.

If Blake leaves the Clippers this summer, that would mean that Doc Rivers' squad is in for a long rebuilding process. Since Chris Paul is already gone, keeping Griffin will be the "top priority" for Doc Rivers in the coming days as he doesn't want to lose two All-stars in a one-week span.

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