NBA free agency: Dan Gilbert clearing path out of Cleveland for LeBron James

James is not one of those. He’s keenly aware of what’s gone on with the Cavs, and the messages Gilbert has been sending no meaningful roster additions, no firm hand at the top of the basketball operation are being read loud and clear by the Cavs’ bedrock star.

Don’t be surprised, then, when James sends his own message next summer, and it goes something like, G’bye! And, this time, don’t blame him. The owner has done too much to clear an easy path for James to take out of town.

The Clippers can also use Griffin like the Cavaliers use LeBron James by having a point guard or shooting guard act as the roller to get a smaller defender switched onto him. From there, Griffin can use his strength to overwhelm his opponent in the post for scoring opportunities.

When defenders clog the paint to take away an easy look, Griffin can then look to pass to someone on the perimeter for an open shot.

The same goes for how Griffin operates in the open court. He’s a one-man wrecking crew in transition because of his ability to grab a rebound and push the ball himself. If nobody stops him before he gets a full head of steam, Griffin will score at a rate of 1.26 points per possession. If they cut him off before he’s able to get in the paint, he will hit a cutter or shooter for an equally good look at the basket.

We’re working on it right now, team president Tom Thibodeau said at an introductory press conference for Jamal Crawford.

The former University of Kansas guard is locked up through the 2018-19 season, and the extension is for five years worth some $148 million, ESPN reported.

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