Blake Griffin to Have Knee Surgery Today

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts after committing a foul in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Staples Center on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers defeated the Heat 95-89 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

According to Brad Turner at the LA Times, the LA Clippers announced this morning that Blake Griffin is to undergo arthoscopic knee surgery to repair a damaged medial meniscus in his left knee today. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. (Here's the Clips naked source.)

The Clips agreed to a five year maximum deal with Griffin just last week. The deal could be worth 95 million.

For the record, the left knee is the knee that ElAttrache repaired in Griffin's rookie season, though the injuries are apparently unrelated. It's also the same knee Griffin injured in the playoffs this past season.

It'll be interesting to see what they give us about the details of the surgery... how much of the cartilage is damaged, how much needs to be cut away, repaired, etc. ElAttrache and Griffin have been pretty forthright about Griffin's surgeries in the past, hopefully they'll be that transparent regarding this one.

And, hopefully, the Clippers and Griffin are right about Griffin only being off the floor eight weeks, which would bring him back for a full training camp.

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