The Los Angeles Clippers may be a long shot to sign the top prize of the free agent market, but they are indeed in the running for LeBron James, officially. The Clippers released a statement on Wednesday night after the NBA free agency period began. Here is the statement from general manager Neil Olshey, per Steve Perrin of Clips Nation:
"We are perfectly positioned to engage this summer's free agent marketplace and we have every intention of playing an active role. A little after midnight eastern time on July 1, we contacted the representatives of several free agent players in whom we have interest."
"We are honored to be one of the select organizations to have been invited to meet with LeBron James and his team. At that time, we intend to present the many reasons why his joining our organization is the best possible choice he could make."
"Key among those reasons is our extraordinary nucleus of players. We have a core group in place which is made up of talented players at every position, a component which would prove attractive to any free agent. "
NBA free agents can agree to deals now, but no contract can officially be signed until July 8.