LeBron James didn't kill the idea that he could look toward the Knicks as a possible destination if he were to become a free agent next season.
In an interview with TMZ, the Cavs forward didn't have a response to comments that Clippers' F Blake Griffin said about James going to New York before L.A.
"I don't even know what you're talking about, shawty," James said.
Griffin told the "Views from the Cheap Seats" podcast that he could see James coming to New York rather than joining Los Angeles, which had been a rumored destination for the forward.
"I could see him going to New York before L.A.," Griffin said. "I still think, when you go to the Garden, it's a completely different feeling. The energy, there seems like there's just a consistent buzz the entire game…even last year when you go play them, it's still there."
However, Griffin admits that he doesn't know James's mindset or if he'll end up spurning Cleveland for a second time in his career.
"Honestly, I don't see him coming to L.A. period," Griffin said on the podcast. "Listen, again, I have no idea [laughs]. I think something is brewing with him and his group of guys. I don't know what's going to happen, but I think something's brewing and they're going to try to make that work."
James has a close group of friends that includes Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony. However, the Knicks forward is reportedly seeking a trade to the Houston Rockets.
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Aug. 21 -- Blake Griffin is taking a guess here with nothing being told to him from LeBron James. Madison Square Garden is still a magical place even if the team playing in it is lousy -- there's no doubting that. And the Knicks will probably be one of the teams LeBron thinks about going to. The problem is he's got a home in Los Angeles. He's also got two options there in the Lakers and Clippers, along with Hollywood.
Outside of the Cavaliers, I truly think the Lakers would be his top option. With Brook Lopez's contract off the books for the Lakers after this season, they can free up money to sign King James. Put him with the youth that they have in Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Julius Randle, and the Lake Show would be back in Hollywood. You can also see LeBron acting and being in movies when he's done in the NBA and there's no better spot for that than in LA.
Again, I think the Knicks will be one of the options he thinks about, but I just don't think he would choose them with just Kristaps Porzingis. Carmelo Anthony will likely be gone and even if he's not, he will be in the final year of his contract. There just isn't enough there for the Knicks to bring LeBron in, who as he nears the end, is going to want to win another NBA title. Playing at MSG is great and all, but not if you're the 8th seed and losing in the first round.