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Clippers keep Griffin under contract through 2012-13 season

West All Star Griffin of the Clippers dunks during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Los Angeles
West All Star Griffin of the Clippers dunks during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NBA rookie of the year Blake Griffin will stay with the Los Angeles Clippers for two more seasons after the Clippers exercised a contract option on Wednesday.

The deal will keep the prized forward under contact through the 2012-13 season.

Griffin was the first rookie to appear in an NBA All-Star Game since China's Yao Ming in 2003. He averaged a team high 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds last season.

Contract options with forward Al-Farouq Aminu and guard Eric Bledsoe were also exercised through the 2012-13 season, the team said.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh; Editing by Julian Linden)

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