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Clippers and Rockets to pursue LeBron James if he becomes free agent?

Jun 18, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

LeBron James, Blake Griffin LeBron James, Blake Griffin

LeBron James might never hit free agency – he won’t talk about his plan other than to say he’ll discuss it with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – but he still has suitors readying themselves.

The Cavaliers reportedly pursued John Calipari for him, and the Lakers are reportedly delaying their coaching hire for him.

And that doesn’t even include the rational teams.

Yes, they’re interested in LeBron too, even if they don’t telegraph it in such obvious ways.

Bill Simmons of Grantland:

Simmons most often analyzes news reported by others, but occasionally, he breaks news. It’s not exactly clear which he’s doing here.

Does he have specific information about the Clippers’ and Rockets’ plans? Simmons has connections in both organizations, so that’s definitely possible.

Or is he just speculating based on available information, including LeBron’s friendship with Chris Paul and fondness for Los Angeles and Daryl Morey’s unrepentant pursuit of roster upgrades over continuity. Every team in at least a somewhat desirable market should be plotting how to land LeBron if given an opportunity.

If you’re looking for a clue to Simmons’ knowledge of the Rockets’ and Clippers’ intentions, his Clippers plan doesn’t even come close to working.

If they trade DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford, Jared Dudley and their first-round pick without any salary returning, the Clippers would have just $6,566,562 in space below the projected salary cap. Considering, LeBron’s max starting salary is projected to be $20,659,633, that wouldn’t come close to cutting it.

Simmons doesn’t specify what Darren Collison, Glen Davis and Danny Granger – who each have player options – will do, but even if they all opt out, the Clippers would have just $9,574,848 in cap space. Again, that won’t get LeBron.

Heck, even if they trim their roster to only Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers couldn’t offer LeBron his max contract.

I bet the Clippers and Rockets want LeBron and would chase him if he terminates his contract. But getting him to leave the Heat will be a huge challenge.

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  1. kghane - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I’m already tired of this LeBron free agency coverage. Seems like every team wants him.

    • rrhoe - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM

      True…..

      • kghane - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        Gonna be a LONG summer. Anything can happen.

    • money2long - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Seems like?

      • kghane - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        Well, EVERY team wants him. Lol

      • Unidentified_Flying_Stiviano - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM

        Amazing isn’t it, that every team would want the best player in the game on their team.

  2. adouglass28 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    You gotta have an all star team built around Lebron for him to win any titles. BTW whoever in the crowd on game 5 had the the fathead of Lebron crying with a pacifier in his mouth was pure genius made me laugh my ass off.

    • engh533 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Just as long as he wins the rings…I’ll take it

  3. money2long - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Do they realize lebron is scared of the west coast ?

    • money2long - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      He can find more nights of sitting out the fourth quarter if he stays on the east coast.
      Auto correct almost changed that to easy coast. Thought I’d share that.

    • kghane - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I dunno if he’s actually scared, but a cakewalk to the Finals every year is convincing enough to make LeBron stay in the East.

    • bball242322 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      LOL yeah like LBJ is afraid to play basketball against anybody. com’on now – I’m not even a LBJ fan but there’s no denying he’s the best player in the game right now

  4. phillycannon - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Bill Simmons….reported this LMAO. He is a bigger joke then Chris Brussard! Report something from a credible person and not a D rider, like Bill Simmons

    • therealhtj - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Simmons spin always starts with ways the Celtics will be awesome and the Lakers can’t possibly improve. Stupid Boston homer moron’s been wrong more often than right in his lifetime.

  5. tomasekradek - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    You don’t exactly have to be Simmons to say Miami and other 28 teams will pursue LBJ if he opts out.

    Yes, you have it right, Bulls are that black sheep. Derrick doesn’t like the idea of playing with James and Bulls somehow hope he will ever play again (me too but should they trust in it that much)

  6. cantonbound13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    If MJ looked to team up with all stars he’d have finished with 12 rings.

    • kghane - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      “If”

      MJ retired a long time ago. We’ll never know for sure so why bring it up?

    • bball242322 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      Scottie Pippen is an all-star

      • denverhoopdreams - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Dude also forgot what Rodman’s resume looks like:

        5× NBA champion (1989–1990, 1996–1998)
        2× NBA All-Star (1990, 1992)
        2× All-NBA Third Team (1992, 1995)
        2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1990–1991)
        7× All-Defensive First Team (1989–1993, 1995–1996)
        All-Defensive Second Team (1994)
        7× NBA rebounding champion (1992–1998)

        I mean… come on.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        CantonPeaBrain is a fat chick, punk, New Yawk loser.

    • ranfan12 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      No. He’d still end up with 6 seeing as how he played with all stars LOL.

  7. bucrightoff - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    A fanbase could be about to see an infusion of bandwagoners.

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Lol you didn’t know Lebron had fans?

  8. raygutierrez2000 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Everyone that can type has an opinion on Lebron. Doesn’t everyone understand that he has it so good in Miami that he will never ever leave?
    He has money, fans, mansion, a booming trademark, his kids school, his in-laws new house in Miami, he’s moved his business office to Miami, and much more. Come on now….stop making up stories.

    • phillycannon - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      you do realize he can have that in any city…right! not a lebron fan, but business is just that…..business. when it comes to money and fulfilling your legacy,everything you’ve mentioned is irrelevant.

  9. sylpkt - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    The only way it works for the Clippers is if LeBron & The Heat agree to a sign and trade. If the Heat wanted DeAndre (or Blake) back or if they need to get a 3rd team involved to offload Crawford it could work. If the Heat are going to lose Lebron, but still wanted to remain competitive, they could trade him to LA for a package around DeAndre. Then sign Kyle Lowry and then re-sign Bosh & Wade. Then you end up w/ a starting lineup of Lowry, Wade, (insert FA SF), Bosh & DeAndre. That’s not bad in the East and Lebron would be out West.

    • heat256 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      No way on God’s green Earth if there is a S&T it’s Blake or no one.

  10. jbeagles23 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Scottie pipen top 50 player of all time. Rodman was an all start. Another canton comment proving they’re really a 16 girl with no knowledge of NBA history and bases all his comment from what he learns on pbt.

  11. kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Bill Simmons is clueless.

    • billtetley53 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      If thisnt the epitom of the pit calling the kettle black.

  12. ebrownwareagle - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    NO NO PEOPLE! D Rodman, He is NOT an ALL Star. HE IS IN THE HALL OF FAME! That My Friends Speaks Louder. Along with Pippen, who is also in the HALL!

  13. jzone954 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    On a another note, I had tons of fun this season clowning with all of you guys ,anti, canton, the other canton, kb24, and the rest God bless you and your families till next season!

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      God doesn’t have anything to do with CantonPeabrain. It’s Satan and fat chicks that decide that punk loser’s fate.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Well, well, well. One of the big 3 cowards finally shows up. Finished crying? Tell is again how the Heat are going to 3 peat. Tell us again how no one can beat the Heat. Bottom line: you are the true pea brain loser, nothing you said came true. On top of that you disappeared like a coward after game 4. All you do is call people names because you realize everything you say about basketball is wrong. PATHETIC!!!!

    • billtetley53 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Hey canton, not 37, not 38, not 39 years ago since the Knicks won a title.

      Youre giving kb a run for his money for the absolute worst poster on this site.
      Did Lebron tounge punch your fart box? Why so much anger and hate?

      Is it because your a fan of a team that hadnt won a title in 4 decades? I guess id be salty too.

  14. fanofthegame79 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    If I were LeBron, I wouldn’t go to the Clippers if they have to get rid of Jordan. I’m ok if Blake goes, but centers are still important to this game (at least a defensive-minded center who can rebound and score easy paint buckets).

  15. engh533 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    For all of you delusional people that think LeBron isn’t the best player in the game.Who’s better and WHY!!

  16. chargerdillon - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    As a Laker fan my worst nightmare would be to see Lebron James in a Clipper jersey.

  17. daveshingle - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    It’s not true that every team will make a run at lebron. Most teams won’t cause they don’t have the resources around him even if they could pay him all the money in the world. Agree that outside of Mia it’ll be cle lac or hou.

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