Rumors of LeBron James plotting another exit strategy out of Cleveland has led to growing speculation that the three-time NBA champion will seek a new home out west. The Lakers and Clippers have been the two frequently mentioned destination in the event James leaves the Cavaliers — but one of those teams can reportedly be crossed off the list.
During an appearance on ESPN’s Freddie and Fritz program, Mike Wise of The Undefeated cited a source who claimed that James will never suit up for the Clippers.
“I got from a very good authority — a very good authority — that LeBron James will never be a Clipper. I can’t tell you who, but I’m going to tell you it’s somebody that knows, and LeBron James will never be a Clipper,” Wise said (via CBS Sports). “I don’t know if that’s because he remembers what the Clippers used to be, or he just doesn’t want to put his lot in there, or he thinks Steve Ballmer is just too animated on the sideline. He’s never going to be a Clipper. I’m just telling people right now, for your edification.”
The Clippers seemed like a potential destination given that James’ close friend, Chris Paul, has been a fixture in Los Angeles. However, the All-Star point guard is set to hit free agency and his return is far from certain. Additionally, Blake Griffin seems poised to test the market and potentially leave the Clippers, and DeAndre Jordan was reportedly shopped during the NBA Draft.
Despite the star-studded lineup, the Clippers have failed to reach a Conference Finals and the future of Lob City is in jeopardy. The team is also working on a new arena that could lure free agents to California. While a change of heart is possible, Wise’s comments indicate that King James’ future will not include the Clippers.