LeBron James is leaving Cleveland when his contract is up next summer. At least that’s what everyone is saying. He’s pissed at Dan Gilbert. He’s telling people who could help him beat the Warriors to stay away. He’s probably headed to Los Angeles. But he’s definitely not going to play for the Clippers. In fact, he’ll never play for the Clippers. Ever. Never-ever-ever according to ESPN’s Mike Wise (via SLAM):
“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.
“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.
“Whatever follicles Steve Ballmer has left—and he has more than me—they’re falling out right now. But he’s never going to be a Clipper.”
Got that? LeBron James will never play for the Clippers. We can officially cross them off the list along with the Cavaliers and Heat. So we’re down to 27 possible destinations in 2018. Here’s the updated list:
New York Knicks
New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
I think it’s up to the media that covers each individual team to ask LeBron what he likes and dislikes about their city. Eventually, he’ll give us some clues and will know exactly what LeBron James is going to do next summer.