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Aldridge: Clippers are stealth option for LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love

Another day of *insert marquee superstar* to the Clippers speculation.

This time from David Aldridge of NBA.com. In his final power rankings related to the 2013-14 season, the NBA.com writer left a short, subtle message in the Clippers’ spot in regards to three of the “most available” players as of now.

A stealth candidate for the LeBrons and Carmelos and Loves. But it will cost them DeAndre Jordan at minimum.

Let’s start our way from the bottom and work a way up.

It feels odd to say this, but Kevin Love may be more unattainable than LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. At least in the case of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Minnesota Timberwolves are sifting through trade offers and based on the leaked information (GSW, BOS, DEN packages), it’s hard to precisely define what the organization wants for their disgruntled All-Star. Talent? The Clippers biggest talent is Blake Griffin and it’d be moot to swap the two forwards. While their skillets separate them, Griffin and Love are on near equal planes. Chris Paul is likely unattainable and due to the Wolves already having two serviceable centers (Pekovic, Dieng), I see little reason for Flip Saunders to be interested in DeAndre Jordan. And in regards to future assets, the 28th pick isn’t gonna get the job done.

For Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, the decision is on them. Anthony has exercised his early-termination option. James is likely to do the same before the deadline. Each want to improve their current situations and each likely want to remain with the franchise they were with during the 2013-14 season, but winning seems to matter most to the two which could lead to them bolting. Those are big if’s though, especially in James’ case, but if they want to come to the Clippers–obviously not as a pairing–the organization will do what they must to make room (move DAJ, other unwanted contracts).

With the draft this Thursday, the rumors and speculation will take a spike. Aldridge isn’t the first to mention a superstar in the same sentence of the Clippers and he definitely won’t be the last.

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