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LeBron James rejected Clippers in 2010 - refused to play for Sterling

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When LeBron James decided to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 there were a host of teams interested in bringing the superstar to their city - the LA Clippers being one of them.

But James didn't end up playing his basketball in Los Angeles of course, plumping instead for the Miami Heat.

The reigning MVP was interested in the possibility of playing at the Staples Center however, according to David Geffen.

According to ESPN James told the business tycoon in 2010 that he had a serious interest in playing in LA but had one reservation.

He did not want to play for a team run by Donald Sterling. 

Geffen is amongst those being linked with a potential bid to replace Sterling as owner of the franchise following the latter's lifetime ban from the league yesterday.

But the billionaire also tried to gain the majority share of the Clippers back in 2010, which we assume is when he spoke to LeBron.

If Geffen had persuaded Sterling to sell four years ago then we could be watching a big three of James, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Instead Sterling refused to sell and thus any hope of bringing the biggest name in the game to LA was lost.

Geffen refused to reveal LeBron's specific reasons for not wanting to play for the now disgraced owner, believing they are obvious enough:

"(The) reasons are perfectly clear," he told ESPN's Jeremy Schapp.

With LeBron having the opportunity to opt out of his Heat contract this summer, and Sterling seemingly heading for the exit door at the Clippers could the deal be back on?

Probably not, but it's fun to imagine...

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LeBron James
LA Clippers
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Miami Heat

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