The trio of Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul was supposed to change the legacy of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Throughout their history, they've been known as losers, always mired in mediocrity and always flying below the radar in terms of publicity. When the Big 3 arrived it did change things for a bit, but it wasn't long before a reputation of losing once again took hold for them. Even with the most stacked roster in the league, they failed to make a Finals appearance in many seasons of attempts.
Then, this past summer, they all left, leaving the team without a star and without an identity. But for how long?
If the latest rumors out of L.A. are true, it might not be very long at all, thanks to LeBron James.
"There are whispers around the league that neither Jimmy Butler nor Kawhi Leonard wants to play with LeBron," wrote The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor "and sources I’ve talked to would be shocked if Klay Thompson left Golden State. That might leave the Lakers with Walker or Middleton as their top remaining free-agent targets."
Before this summer, just about everyone wanted their ticket to L.A. Since LeBron's arrival, that narrative has changed.
Now, it appears Kawhi and Butler have crossed the Lakers off their list because of LeBron. Thus, he's essentially given the Clippers a chance they might've not even had otherwise.
When the best player in the world (and arguably of all-time), signs with the Lakers, waves of change are inevitable. Still, who would've thought that would include sending stars to his competitors?