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NBA 2017 Free Agency: Blake Griffin Headed To Miami?

Dec 16, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) is pressured by Miami Heat forward Josh McRoberts (4) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Clippers won 102-98. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 16, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; LA Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) is pressured by Miami Heat forward Josh McRoberts (4) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Clippers won 102-98. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Griffin is one of the premier free agents on the market this summer. After yet another failed season in Los Angeles, Blake has a lot of options open this summer.

While the Clippers still have the slight edge, there's a very real chance that Blake could sign with another team. Who could that team be?

According to a report by Jared Dudely (former teammate of Griffin 2013), that team could be the Miami Heat.

Dudley recently said to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz,

"Miami is the only case scenario to be able to do if you say, hey you know what, I want to be the man of the team."

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About the money situation, Dudley acknowledged Griffin would be leaving a ton on the table:

 "He could go to Miami and you can be the man and you've got no state tax. But that five-year contract, you're going to lose about roughly $30 million. Right?"

A Miami re-start would make a lot of sense for Griffin. Like Jared said, he'd get to be the man on a team with no state-tax. Let's not forget to mention he'd be playing alongside a top level Center in one of the highest markets in the NBA.

For the L.A. star, winning would no doubt be on his mind this summer. The Clippers are a great regular season team, but throughout the years, they have yet to translate their talent to the playoffs. With Golden State still young and fresh, the East may be an easier route to take with a 32 year old LeBron James.

Blake would give the Heat an automatic ticket to the post-season, but Miami would still have to sign more talent to compete for a championship. But as we've seen the Heat do in the past, they always get it done.

Imagine a frontcourt of Griffin and Whiteside, grabbing every rebound in a five mile radius, while serving up enough dunks to host a mini-slam dunk contest. Imagine Griffin being the superstar of the team, and taking control of the offense whenever he deemed fit. Imagine a weak Eastern Conference, where a Heat team with Griffin would be good enough for a third or fourth seed.

This is the reality that looms over Blake, and it's hard not to see him at least considering Miami as the free-agency period heats up.