I swear I’ll get back to writing about the Warriors soon, but we were talking about this in the office tonight and I wanted to put it out there for all of you to chew on.
First, it’s crazy.
LeBron leaving Cleveland (ouch) to play for the most dysfunctional franchise in the history of sport, the Clippers. The Warriors are a mess, but they have nothing on the Lakers’ annoying little stepbrother.
That being said, when you look at the situation, it’s hard to deny that the Clippers have a lot to offer LeBron if he wants to test the market this summer. Having shipped Marcus Camby to the Trail Blazers for expiring contracts and getting out from under the contracts of Sebastian Telfair and Al Thornton, the Clippers have enough money to offer LeBron a max contract.
Sufficient funds? Check.
LeBron wants to go somewhere he can play for a championship. If the Clippers can lure LeBron to L.A., he’d have the following starting lineup around him: Baron Davis at point, Eric Gordon at shooting guard, Blake Griffin at power forward and Chris Kaman at center. With the King running the show, that’s a very, very good lineup. With LeBron in the fold, the Clippers could lure some veteran free agents with the midlevel and veteran exceptions to increase the depth of the bench and suddenly, the Clippers look like a title contender. Seriously.
Championship aspirations? Check.
Many people are of the opinion that LeBron wants to play in a big market, hence the hype surrounding New York. Los Angeles is a huge market and getting to compete for the crown of the city with the NBA’s other best player, Kobe Bryant, might just stroke LeBron’s competitive nature enough to entice him to … consider … the … Clippers.
That would be the biggest upset in the history of the NBA.