Blake Griffin had his surgery Monday to repair the plantar plate for the big toe of his right foot, the Los Angeles Clippers announced on Monday.
The plantar plate connects a toe to the ball of the foot, and Griffin tore his, an injury that ended Griffin’s season midway through the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers did not give a timetable for his return, although recovery for this surgery takes at least six weeks and up to 12 (depending on a variety of factors). Either way, Griffin should be healthy and ready to go by training camp next season.
Los Angeles missed him as it went on to fall to Utah in seven games. Griffin averaged 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game this past season.
This was Griffin’s second playoffs in a row ended early by injury, last season it was a quad injury that sidelined him during the first round against Portland. Griffin also missed 18 games during this past regular season with knee injuries. I could start reciting the list of Griffin injuries in recent years, but let’s just stipulate he’s injury prone and move on.
Griffin can, and is expected to, opt out of his contract this summer and become a free agent. While Doc Rivers has said he wants to re-sign Griffin, there’s a sense around the league that he is more likely to leave Los Angeles — either by his wishes or the team’s — than Chris Paul (who also will opt out and be a free agent). There will be a number of suitors knocking on Griffin’s door and offering him a max contract.