Nov 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) defends during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James Didn't Sign with Clippers in 2010 Because of Donald Sterling

When LeBron James infamously took his talents to South Beach in 2010 and left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, there was much made about where else he could have gone. The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks were options but so too were both teams in Los Angeles.

According to ESPN, record mogul David Geffen told Jeremy Schaap that LeBron James wanted to come out West in  2010 more than he wanted to play in Miami, but it was Donald Sterling that kept him on the other side of the country.

LeBron James was interested in playing in Los Angeles when he was a free agent in 2010. But James, who ultimately signed with the Miami Heat, told Geffen that he would not play for Sterling.

This Clippers team that James would have been joining only had Blake Griffin as a selling tool and while the allure of reviving a franchise like the Clippers and being a savior was there, so too was Donald Sterling and that negated everything.

With Sterling on his way out, it will be interesting to see if LeBron would reconsider, but one thing to take out of this is that all that previous speculation about LeBron possibly signing with the Clippers pre-‘Sterling Scandal 2014′ was all just smoke and mirrors by reporters.

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