With the beginning of the 2013-14 NBA season came the question of what LeBron James would do by the end of it. And no one meant would he be MVP and only a few were thinking about him becoming a three-time champ. All of the speculation was about which teams he would entertain in free agency.
The chances of James going to either of those teams are slim to none. The Lakers seem more focused on trying to steal Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks because they know that Miami Heat’s All-Star likely won’t take a backseat to Kobe Bryant after being handed the keys to South Beach by Dwyane Wade. And the Knicks’ inability to shed Amare Stoudemire’s contract leaves them too cap strapped to bring help to Anthony.
The Cavaliers, on the other hand, looked like a formidable threat due to James’ Ohio ties — former team and birthplace-wise — and ownership pushing for the playoffs. That is until dissension began to arise between players and coaches and players and players. So people had no other choice but to search for another possible destination. And according to ESPN.com, the new team is looking like the Los Angeles Clippers:
“Primarily this is because of James’ relationships with [Chris] Paul and [Doc] Rivers. Paul is one of James’ best friends and the two have talked about playing with each other since they were in high school… Paul is godfather to James’ son Bryce and they were in each other’s weddings… [And] James respects Rivers perhaps more than any coach he hasn’t played for…”
However, the select few of true Clippers fans should not get happy. The team isn’t exactly in the right financial situation to pull that type of power move without help. And good luck to those who think that they can talk Pat Riley into doing a sign-and-trade — even if it’s for Blake Griffin.