But just like all those NBA teams that would like to get James, the Clippers also believe that he'll re-sign with the Heat.
That was the thinking of several NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The Clippers could consider sending Griffin and
The Clippers wouldn’t mind trading
One official said James really liked Rivers and was good friends with Clippers point guard
Another official said James’ wife, Savannah, really loved Los Angeles, and that her preference would be for her husband to play for the Clippers rather than the
James, who had two years and about $42.7 million left on his contract before exercising his early termination option, can get a maximum five-year deal worth $127.7 million from the Heat.
"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 also haven’t ruled out making a run at
Another NBA official said that Steve Ballmer, who has agreed to pay $2 billion to buy the Clippers from Donald and Shelly Sterling in a deal that isn't official yet, would be willing to "pay the luxury tax" if he was able to acquire James or Anthony.