Blake Griffin Expects to Return from Toe Injury by Clippers Training Camp

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 19, 2017

In this Friday, April 21, 2017, photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoots during practice before the start of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City. Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night's win against the Utah Jazz. The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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After re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, Blake Griffin is optimistic about his chances of being healthy before training camp opens in September. 

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Griffin said, "I expect to be ready by training camp." 

Griffin's 2016-17 season ended prematurely when he injured the big toe on his right foot in Game 3 of the Clippers' opening-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz.  

The Clippers are betting big on Griffin to take over as the face of their franchise. On Wednesday, he officially signed the five-year, $173 million extension which he agreed to on July 1.

Los Angeles' roster has undergone significant changes this offseason. Most notably, the Clippers traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets for a package that included Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams and Kyle Wiltjer. They also signed acquired Danilo Gallinari and Willie Reed over the past few weeks.

Griffin has been an electric talent in his first seven seasons with the Clippers, averaging 21.5 points and 9.4 rebounds in 471 games.

Injuries have been a lingering concern for Griffin, however. He missed the entire 2009-10 season with a broken kneecap, and he has missed 83 regular-season games over the last three years.