NBA free agency rumors: Why LeBron James signing with 76ers is gaining momentum

LeBron James (Getty Pictures)

There’s been a variety of hypothesis about the place LeBron James will find yourself subsequent season. Will he keep in Cleveland, go to LA to hitch the Lakers, workforce up with a “Banana Boat” bud someplace or shock us all with one thing new?

Nicely, one rumor that is been gaining some momentum recently is James signing with the Sixers. This has been talked about earlier than, however ever since three billboards went up in Cleveland pleading for the previous league MVP to go to Philly, there’s been a shocking quantity of speak about it turning into a actuality.

The newest is a report from Sixers insider Jon Johnson.

Earlier this week, NBC Sports activities Philadelphia’s Alaa Abdelnaby stated on “Philly Sports activities Speak” that James was taking a look at personal faculties within the space in the course of the All-Star break.

“I’ve informed this to some different individuals, and I’ve no drawback saying this, my brother lives within the Philadelphia space and he advised me that LeBron, final week by way of a superintendent, was within the space testing some personal faculties through the All-Star break,” Abdelnaby stated.

On Thursday, nevertheless, James denied these rumors saying, “Pennsylvania? Nah. What are you speaking about? Over the All-Star break, I used to be on trip after which went to Los Angeles.” He later stated the report was “disgusting.”

The Ringer’s Invoice Simmons, who is not a reporter within the conventional sense however is tied into the NBA world, wrote final month: “NBA insiders have been gossiping about an more and more cozy Philly–LeBron’s circle connection since November.”

When there was temporary hypothesis earlier this yr about James becoming a member of the Warriors, the Cavs star shut down the rumors by calling it “nonsense.” However when requested concerning the billboards recruiting him to the Sixers, he was expressed gratitude.

“It is truly very flattering that I am sitting right here at 33 and in my fifteenth yr and groups or guys — I do not need to say groups, as a result of that turns into tampering — however individuals of their respective metropolis need me to play for them,” he stated. “That is cool I feel. That is dope.”

None of this explicitly states James will choose out of his deal and signal with the 76ers, however it has to get followers in Philly excited. The staff is loaded with younger expertise that includes Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and even No. 1 general decide Markelle Fultz (if he can recuperate from no matter is fallacious with him). 

The Sixers have the cap area to signal James in the event that they make a number of strikes first. The projected wage cap for subsequent season is $one hundred and one million, though that quantity might change to turn into bigger. Even when it stays, with the posh tax, the Sixers can simply make this occur.

This is a projected take a look at what their roster might seem like, courtesy of Reddit consumer kingpc:

LeBron James $35,350,000
Joel Embiid $25,250,000
Robert Covington $10,018,862
Markelle Fultz $eight,339,880
Ben Simmons $6,434,520
Dario Saric $2,526,840
Justin Anderson $2,516,048
Richaun Holmes $1,600,520
T.J. McConnell $1,600,520
Furkan Korkmaz $1,499,600
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot $1,446,360
four Vet Minutes/Rookie Contracts $5,785,440
Wage complete for eleven gamers $102,368,590

In fact, we cannot know for positive if James will depart the Cavs till this offseason. He’ll doubtless choose out of his contract it doesn’t matter what since that is what he is executed yearly since leaving the Warmth in 2014. He does this as a approach to get a better contract beneath the wage cap every season.

However the child from Akron might find yourself deciding to remain in Cleveland, and all these rumors might be for nothing. However as of proper now, it seems James is no less than maintaining his choices open, and Philadelphia seems to intrigue him.