Would LeBron James be willing to play for the Los Angeles Clippers if
Donald Sterling no longer owned the team? Billionaire entertainment
mogul David Geffen wants to find out.
A source close to the situation confirmed a New York Post report that
Geffen is interested in purchasing a majority share of the Clippers —
and that the long-shot attempt to convince Sterling to cede operating
control of the team is among the reasons James and close friend Maverick
Carter were in Los Angeles over the weekend.
James was invited to watch Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in Geffen’s seats, sources confirmed, but he ultimately elected not to attend Boston’s eventual 103-94 victory, fearful of the spectacle his courtside presence would create at a time that James’ impending free agency has routinely drawn media attention away from the playoffs.
Yet Carter, who handles the bulk of James’ business dealings, was seen at the game with Geffen.
"Mr. Sterling has never expressed a desire to sell any part of his team," Clippers president Andy Roeser told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. "Because it is an asset of remarkable value, it’s true that there have been countless inquiries over the years. But the Clippers have never been for sale."
The Clippers, to this point, have not been seriously mentioned along with teams such as Chicago, New York and New Jersey as a viable threat to lure James away from the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency. That’s despite the fact that the Clippers can offer him a promising group of potential sidekicks — led by All-Star center Chris Kaman, forward Blake Griffin and guards Eric Gordon and Baron Davis — as well as proximity to the many off-court business opportunities that only Hollywood can provide.