According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in pursuing LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, despite a lack of cap space, but forward Blake Griffin is “untouchable” in any trade.
The Los Angeles Clippers have strong interest in pursuing LeBron James and Carmelo Anthonyif they can clear the requisite salary cap space to make a maximum-level offer to the superstars, who have both elected to become free agents starting July 1.
One player they have no interest in moving, however, is forward Blake Griffin. While the Clippers would need to move significant players and money to make a run at either James or Anthony, sources told ESPN that Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers has told Griffin on numerous occasions that he considers him “untouchable” in any trade.
According to the report, the Clippers will have $71.7 million committed in salaries next year after Darren Collison, Glen Davis and Danny Granger opt out of their contracts. Los Angeles would have 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) or J.J. Redick (four years, $27.7 million) to facilitate a deal.
ESPN reported in February that if James were to leave Miami, the Clippers would be among his preferred destinations because of the strength of their roster and his close relationships with Chris Paul and coach Doc Rivers. Paul is one of James’ best friends and the two have talked about playing with each other since they were in high school, when they met on the AAU and prep all-star circuits. Paul is godfather to James’ son Bryce and they were in each other’s weddings.