The Los Angeles Clippers have had discussions about the possibility of acquiring LeBron James, though they expect him to eventually re-sign with the Miami Heat.
Doc Rivers, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations and coach, and his staff are doing their due diligence to make the team better and would consider moving All-Star power forward Blake Griffin along with others in a sign-and-trade deal to get James, according to the officials.
The Clippers could consider sending Griffin and Jared Dudley or Matt Barnes to Miami to get James.
The Clippers wouldn’t mind trading DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford and either Barnes or Dudley to the Heat for James, but the team knows that would most likely be hard to do.
“The Miami Heat does not think he’s leaving,” one official said. “Miami thinks it’s a ploy by James to make the team better.”
The Clippers could also conceivably create enough cap space to sign James by trading away Jordan and another contract without taking back salary.