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Clippers reportedly “would consider” trading Blake Griffin for LeBron James, because of course


The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly interested in acquiring LeBron James and possibly sacrificing Blake Griffin to do it:

Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be true. The Twittersphere set things straight after James’ opt-out had the rumor machine firing on all cylinders:

That the Clippers have been linked to James should come as no surprise. In an age where multiple outlets concoct Kevin Love trade scenarios for every team, the best player in the world gets the same treatment. And then some:


Take what you want from Savannah James’ apparent preference for the city of Los Angeles, but without Griffin going back as the centerpiece to a sign-and-trade, James only comes to L.A. in purple and gold. Another pipe dream altogether.

Building around DeAndre Jordan means Doc Rivers would have to include Jared Dudley, Matt Barnes and a number of draft picks just to open up $11 million under the projected $63.2 million salary cap.

Blake Griffin (32) and LeBron James (6) will always remain opponents. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Clippers then have Jamal Crawford‘s non-guaranteed $5.45 million and/or Willie Green’s $1.44 million, potentially leaving them with only five or six players and the luxury tax looming.

Even if the Clippers can make the numbers work (which they probably can’t), you’d have to take Pat Riley for a fool if you think that offer makes a single slick hair on his head stand out of place. Being open to a James trade implies a blow-up is on the horizon. While Griffin is a top building block in the NBA, Dudley and Barnes don’t make up for the lack of playmaking abilities James leaves behind. Riley would certainly look for and receive better offers. If we learned anything from his press conference, he will let James walk before being backed into a corner.

Convinced LeBron will reign over Lob City? As the Everly Brothers once sang:

Dream, dream, dream, dream
When I want you in my arms
When I want you and all your charms
Whenever I want you, all I have to do is
Dream, dream, dream, dream

LeBron-to-the-Clippers talk won’t end until he’s finally promised himself somewhere, but the lucky winning ticket will surface in another state.

 

Note: All salary information courtesy of Spotrac.com.

 

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