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The Decision 2.0

Let's face it, we all want LeBron to join the Clippers. The Big 3 of Chris Paul, LeBron James and Blake Griffin would destroy everyone and the Bulls of the Phil Jackson era might need to watch out. Or even better, if we had a "big 4", DeAndre Jordan would be our rebounding machine, our hustler - our Dennis Rodman, then JJ Redick would complete the starting lineup and be that pure shooter every championship team needs. CP would handle the ball, take it to the hoop, or lob it to LeBron, DeAndre or Blake, JJ Redick would wait on the wings for Blake's post kick outs, LeBron and CP's passes and just catch and shoot all day. LeBron can shoot much better now, he is clutch, defensively dominant, catch and shoot and can dominate in all facets of the game, then Blake would post up, spread the floor with his new mid range game, alley oop and clog the lane, all while DeAndre Jordan has a block party and ignites "Lob City".

Would it be nice? It is closer to our reach than most may think. But how will we execute the acquisition of LeBron James? Rockets and 2015. Yep, Rockets and 2015. The Houston Rockets are our guideline to get LeBron, because we must watch them very closely because they are prepared to make a run at Carmelo Anthony, which will in evidently be successful once you understand it. The Rockets will trade or dump the salaries of Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to create the necessary cap space to sign Melo. Then they have declined Chandler Parsons' 4th Year Option - which was extremely wise, because it creates $1M in cap space next year for the Rockets will sign Carmelo Anthony to a max deal and then re-sign Parsons to an extension. Why all the Parsons nonsense? Because the CBA prohibits a team over the soft cap ($58M) to sign a player to a maximum contract (without bird rights), so the Rockets trade Asik and Lin, whilst declining Parsons option to get under the cap. Then the Rockets give Melo that max deal and then are allowed to extend Parsons because they have his bird rights (A team has a player's Bird rights if they drafted him or have had him play for them for 3 years, allowing them to go over the cap to resign them, created by Larry Bird's dilemma).

How does this all relate to the Clippers? Because in order to do the things Houston are very likely planning to we need to do it next year. That means we want LeBron to opt in this year. We need to do it next year because DeAndre Jordan hits free agency in 2015, so we can use his bird rights to extend him once we secure LeBron's signature. We will be under the cap when FA hits since Jordan and Willie Green are Free Agents and Jamal Crawford will be 36 and is non guaranteed. Jordan will act as Chandler Parsons, LeBron will act as Melo and CP and Blake will have max contracts like Harden and D12.

The Breakdown: Use our MLE, #28 Pick and BAE to fill out bench this offseason, then dump 28 (or 52 year old) Jared Dudley and 36 year old Matt Barnes's contracts (next year they will be expiring), maybe even Jamal Crawford's to get under the cap, let Jordan hit FA, then sign LeBron and extend Jordan, then use our MLE to add the final bench piece.

What team can offer LeBron a better situation than the Clippers and youthful stars like Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan secured for years to come, with Chris Paul in his prime? No one can. We can re-sign players like DC and Big Baby with our MLE, then dump Dudley, maybe Matt Barnes and add Paul Pierce or a top notch big, the BA Exception and add them with our 28th Pick, Jamal Crawford and Reggie Bullock and we have a much better bench then the Miami Heat do and a very strong core to guide us to the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

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