It would probably be too difficult and expensive to acquire both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in the free agency market, but that’s not going to stop the Los Angeles Clippers from trying to land at least one.
According to an ESPN report, the Clippers have interest in pursuing James and Anthony if they can clear enough salary cap space to a make maximum-level offer to the superstars. Landing at least one of the two superstars would be a huge coup for the Clippers, considering they’re seeking a rejuvenated image with new owner and ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who paid $2 billion to take over the franchise late last month.
However, one player who Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers reportedly considers “untouchable” via any trade is power forward Blake Griffin.
The Clippers count $76 million in committed salaries for the 2014-15 season, but can bring that number down by packaging players such as center DeAndre Jordan (one year, $11.4 million), Jared Dudley (three years, $12.1 million), Matt Barnes (three years, $10.1 million), Jamal Crawford (three years, $16.3 million) and J.J. Redick (four years, $27.7 million) to strike a deal.
Already, there have been reports of the Clippers looking into a potential deal to acquire James via a sign-and-trade deal. That doesn't mean Heat president Pat Riley would sign off on such a scenario. James and Clippers point guard Chris Paul are great friends with Paul being the godfather to James’s son, Bryce. Landing James would mean a new Clippers Big Three of James, Paul and Griffin.
However, the same can be said if the Clippers were to acquire Anthony, who is also friends with Paul and Griffin.
The talks of acquiring James and Anthony through free agency were sparked once Melo informed the New York Knicks on Monday that he would be opting out of the final year of his contract and James followed, opting out of his Miami Heat contract Tuesday. Already, teams such as the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers have been named as potential landing spots for Anthony, with many likely to be vying for James's services as well.
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