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Report: Former OU Star Blake Griffin Agrees To Deal with Nets

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Former Oklahoma Sooners star Blake Griffin has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Brooklyn Nets, as reported by ESPN.com.

Griffin, 31, joins a roster loaded with talent and trying to get the Nets to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2003, when the Nets reached the Finals against San Antonio. The Nets’ roster includes former Texas star Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, who played at Texas A&M when the Aggies were in the Big 12.

On Friday, Griffin and the Detroit Pistons agreed to a contract buyout that would allow the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, native to test free agency and look for a contender with which to play out the rest of the season.

 

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Griffin’s contract in Detroit was expected to pay him $39 million next season.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, The Brooklyn Nets, the Golden State Warriors, the Miami Heat, and the Portland Trail Blazers are expected to talk with Griffin.

Griffin was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2011, is a six-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA second-team selection. He also won the slam-dunk contest in 2011.

At Oklahoma, Griffin was a huge name in the Big 12 and in the nation. His best season came in 2008-09, when he was the Big 12 Player of the Year (leading the league in scoring and rebounding), a consensus first-team All-American, the National College Player of the Year, and led the NCAA in rebounding. In that season, his sophomore year, Griffin averaged 22.7 points, 14.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game during the regular season.

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