Blake Griffin has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his left knee and will have arthroscopic surgery probably early next week, according...

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LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his left knee and will have arthroscopic surgery probably early next week, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Griffin will not be playing for the U.S. Olympic team in London later this month, but he will be available for Los Angeles Clippers training camp that starts in October.

Griffin is expected to be out about eight weeks recovering from the injury and should be fine and ready to play when the season starts, the executives said.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic will perform the surgery.

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It’s the same knee that Griffin sprained in Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies and the same knee ElAttrache performed season-ending surgery on for a stress fracture of the kneecap during Griffin’s rookie season, 2009-10.

But the injury is unrelated to that surgery, the executives said.

Crawford happy

to be a Clipper

Jamal Crawford looked around the NBA, sized up teams like Minnesota and Philadelphia, and promptly decided to head down the West Coast to join the Los Angeles Clippers.

Getting recruiting calls from All-Stars Chris Paul and Griffin, along with DeAndre Jordan, convinced him it was a good move.

“When players of that caliber want you on their team you really have to sit down and look at that,” Crawford said by phone from Seattle. “Me and Chris talked for a while how good we could be.”

The 32-year-old free-agent guard and former Rainier Beach star who played in Portland last season, signed a four-year deal worth $21.7 million.


• The Houston Rockets seem desperate to acquire Dwight Howard, and on Friday, they might take a step that will enable them to make a trade offer the Orlando Magic can’t refuse.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Rockets have decided to waive forward Luis Scola using the collective-bargaining agreement’s amnesty provision. Although Scola still would be paid the remaining $21 million guaranteed to him the next three years, the move would clear his contract off the Rockets’ books and would allow the Rockets to accept more of the Magic’s onerous salary obligations.

The Magic would like to shed as many long-term contracts as possible from their payroll.

Magic general manager Rob Hennigan emphasized that no trade is imminent. “I don’t think there’s a real correlation to anything with Luis as it pertains to us,” Hennigan said.

• The Minnesota Timberwolves kept up their aggressive push to upgrade their promising young roster, waiving center Darko Milicic and formally submitting their offer sheet for restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum of Portland.

• Indiana is sending point guard Darren Collison and wing player Dahntay Jones to Dallas for center Ian Mahinmi. The Pacers also signed free agent Gerald Green. Terms were not disclosed.

• Charlotte has agreed to a two-year contract with former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions. Sessions replaces D.J. Augustin, whose qualifying offer was rescinded earlier Thursday.

• Oklahoma City Thunder starting center Kendrick Perkins is expected to be ready for next season after having surgery on his right groin.

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