Bill Simmons cranks up the LeBron James-Clippers rumor mill

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.

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?

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  • Rob

    I wouldnt trust too much of what bills simmons says. He speculates more than anyone and most of what he says almost NEVER comes true.

  • FreeJack

    It would be a stupid trade, IMO. The Clippers don’t need another big superstar, they need a more reliable bench and they need CHEMISTRY. Have these “analysts” learned nothing from the Spurs? That team is the epitome of keeping a core together and building chemistry. If you keep reshuffling the deck every year or two, you will never achieve that.

    The team needs depth and to continue playing together…that’s it. The bench got annihilated last off-season and was a shadow of its former self. The Clippers lose too much when the bench steps on the floor.

    People need to stop grasping at quick superstar trades. DeAndre Jordan is on his way to becoming the next Dikembe Mutombo, but with major athletic ability. Griffin makes huge strides in his game every year (and let’s not forget how young he is). CP3 is…CP3. Redick, when healthy, can be a nightmare (even if he’s streaky). Yes, there’s a weakness at the starting small forward spot because Matt Barnes gives you so much more off the bench…but that doesn’t mean you need to go wipe out your roster to get LeBron in there. We need a piece or two…not an overhaul.

    • justhuynhit

      If the clips can trade JDudley for a 1st rounder, I would do that and combine the 2 first rounders to move up for a back up big. Try to sign LDeng for the starting SF role and move MBarnes to help the bench alongside Jcrawford.

  • Dave Diamond

    LeBron doesn’t like the climate in Seattle.

  • medulla oblongata

    Dude, statements of opinion are not statements of fact in the context of misrepresentation. So how is simmons stirring anything? And the odds are NOT in the Clippers favor for many reasons, the least of which is regarding his relationship with riley, erik, wade and bosh. If you recall, james was such a big fan of doc rivers that he heavily recruited him back in his cleveland days. And last checked, lebron’s other bff is chris paul.