Stein: Clips could make LeBron’s free-agent short list

LeBron James could consider the Clippers if he declines his player option, as expected, this summer, according to an insider.

If, as expected, LeBron James declines his $34 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers and becomes an unrestricted free agent for the third time in his career, one NBA insider could see him heading West.

Stein posted that tweet after the Los Angeles Clippers sent five-time All-Star forward Blake Griffin, center Willie Reed and forward Brice Johnson to the Detroit Pistons on Monday in exchange for guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris and center Boban Marjanovic.

James, now in his 15th season, has played eight years as a Cavalier (in two tours of duty) and four as a member of the Miami Heat.