As the National Basketball Association closes its 2013-14 season the off-season seems to be heating up pretty quickly. For quite sometimes we have been hearing that Kevin Love could be headed to Bean Town. As I wrote a day or so ago, it seems that Carmelo Anthony’s heart is in New York, but his contract will most likely be somewhere else next season. And then, thanks to RealGM, comes word that LeBron James could go to Tinsel Town.
It would not be to join Kobe Bryant, but to build a new Big Three alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin with the Los Angeles Clippers. To make room for LBJ the Clippers would have to depart with several players, including DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford, as well as give up a future first rounder.
At this point and time you would have to agree that the two players James would be teaming up are better than the ones he would be leaving. And while many believe Erik Spoelstra to be a good coach, getting to play for Doc Rivers would be an upgrade as well. However, if the LA based franchise had to give up plenty to get LBJ what the small forward did not have in South Beach, a good compliment of role players, he will not have in Los Angeles.
Another thing that would not make much sense about LeBron James going to LA is that the competition in the Western Conference would be a lot harder than the one he faces right now. Without a big supporting cast around the core the Clippers might have a tougher time doing what the Miami Heat have been doing for the past four years.
In the end, I still believe that the two destinations for James are either staying put in South Beach or going back to Cleveland. The first one is the one most will point to, as I do, but the second one I believe might happen. Not this contract, but the next one, as LBJ goes back for one more run with the Cavs. But is way in the future and we are talking the present.
Only time will tell will happen with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love and others in the offseason, until then it will be fun to watch it all unfold and see which franchises gain from moves and which ones do not. And you can follow all of it here on CLNSRadio.