You see the face above.
That man, Bill Simmons, noted Clippers and Celtics fan, is the king of creating conversation. He has good sources, but sometimes Simmons just loves to throw things against the wall to see if they stick which is sometimes a good thing–we all love to talk speak on hypotheticals in basketball–and sometimes a bad thing–it becomes annoying to the point where its his niche now.
This time–and it surely won’t be the last time–Simmons has stirred up the LeBron James to Los Angeles mill, discussing how the team could clear cap space to acquire him if he chooses to opt out of his current deal and become an unrestricted free agent for the second time in his career.
FYI: it’s easy for Clips to make a LeBron run. Trade Deandre + Jamal to teams with cap space (easy), then use 1st rounder to dump Dudley $
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 18, 2014
Also – if you don’t think the Clips are exploring that game plan, you are nuts. Clips, Cavs + Rockets are LeBron’s suitors if he gets antsy. — Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 18, 2014
We’ve already discussed LeBron to LA, or at least just the surface of the issue here, and there really isn’t much to say at this point. The odds are NOT in the Clippers favor. James holds a ton of respect for Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra, he’s best friends with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, has expressed the idea of taking a pay cut to improve the team, and, as smart as LeBron is, has realized how easy the road to the Finals would be in the East compared to the West.
Of course, there is an alternate timeline where Dwyane Wade opts into his contract, pissing James off in the process and he bolts West looking for security on the court, on the sideline, and in the front office, three departments the Clippers score well in. He then takes his anger out on the rest of the NBA, gets his revenge against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, followed by a pummeling against whatever team comes out of the East in the NBA Finals.
One can dream right?