Blake Griffin
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The Brooklyn Nets are believed to be the leaders to sign six-time All-Star Blake Griffin, according to Shams Charania and James Edwards III of The Athletic.

Rival teams with interest are expecting Griffin to choose the Nets as a title favorite for a chance to win a championship.

After Griffin reached a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, some other teams interested in him along with the Nets included the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.

The Nets emerged as the main contender due to Griffin having played with DeAndre Jordan and Bruce Brown in the past.

He also has relationships with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving among other players, notes Edwards.

Griffin likely won’t have a significant role with the Nets, as Durant, Irving and James Harden are the main facilitators, but he could emerge as a key contributor in the second unit off the bench.