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Blake Griffin to work out for Clippers

Blake Griffin in the Oklahoma-Syracuse game during this year's NCAA tournament.

Former Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin will work out Saturday for what many expect to be his future NBA team, the Los Angeles Clippers.

The NBA Draft doesn't start until June 25, but the Clippers have the No. 1 pick and they haven't exactly treated their draft strategy as an intelligence briefing.

"Clearly, we're taking Blake Griffin," Clippers General Manager and Coach Mike Dunleavy told The Times as soon as he learned his team had the No. 1 draft pick.

Griffin will work out at the Clippers' training facility in Playa Vista and will speak to the media afterward. Hopefully his first "Clipper interview" doesn't go like this imaginary scenario.

Long before Griffin knew the Clippers had the No. 1 pick and that they intended to draft him, he told The Times at the Wooden Award gala in April that the Clippers would be a good fit.

"I think they have some talented players," Griffin said of the Clippers, who finished the 2008-09 season with a 19-63 record. "I know Eric Gordon. I don't think coming here would be a bad situation for me. We'll see."

Asked why he felt it wouldn't be a bad situation, Griffin said, "I feel like I could fit in well with that program and that style for a little bit."

Griffin will soon find out.

--Mark Medina

Photo: Blake Griffin in the Oklahoma-Syracuse game during this year's NCAA tournament. Griffin will work out for the Clippers this weekend. Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP Photo.

 
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