LeBron James’ upcoming free agency is a hot topic across the league, and Clippers star Blake Griffin made headlines when he speculated (admittedly, without inside info) that LeBron was more likely to land in New York than he was to sign with the Lakers, the team he’s been linked to most often.
Well, TMZ Sports tracked James down and asked him about Blake’s speculation.
James played coy, and maybe he hadn’t heard Blake’s suggestion yet, saying:
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, shawty,”
From there, he declined further comment, which makes sense, as the TMZ reporter was clearly just angling for him to say something controversial.
The idea of James in New York makes almost no sense. It would certainly help with his burgeoning media empire, and isn’t in the Western Conference, but most reports that have mentioned the possibility of James leaving Cleveland have cited his frustrations with Dan Gilbert. James Dolan is one of the few owners with a worse reputation, and the Knicks have been the poster-children for instability in the league for nearly 20 years now.
To make matters worse, the Knicks cap sheet is a disaster and they’d have to get unbelievably creative just to open enough room to sign him next summer. It seems pretty clear that Griffin was just having some fun and speculating, not bringing hard information, as the Knicks don’t bring enough of what James will demand.