But this would impact the all-important STATS. LeBron isn’t going to play 15 minutes and finish with a 10/3/4 stat line. Same with any of the max player guys with major brands. The league is far too stat-driven. Contracts on and off the court are always (perhaps unfairly) driven by on-court measures.
We are like 3 years past the point of breaking up the Clippers. This team might have to beat the Rockets, Spurs, Warriors, and Cavs in consecutive series while staying healthy and sane, and there’s really no strong reason to believe they can even win one of those series right now. It’s just frustrating to watch at this point. You can see the ghosts come back in any close game.