Paul George was on stage dancing at midnight to celebrate signing a long-term deal in Oklahoma City, but the top prize in free agency, LeBron James, is still out there for the taking. And the Sixers are in the hunt! To the Woj full military-level blast:
For today's meeting, Sixers will meet with LeBron James' reps, sources tell ESPN. James will not attend this meeting. https://t.co/KJGS0xp5Yy— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
Brett Brown and Philadelphia’s front office contingent will be meeting with James’ agent, Rich Paul, today. LeBron flew into Los Angeles from Anguilla last night, but will not be in attendance at the meeting.
The Sixers will have a strong case to make in front of Paul and the rest of James’ team. They have the cap space to offer LeBron a max contract, a roster largely intact from the group that made the Eastern Conference semifinals in the spring, including two young stars in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons (who has a relationship with LeBron through Klutch Sports), and pieces to potentially make a deal for Kawhi Leonard. From a basketball perspective, Philadelphia is far-and-away the best option when compared to the Lakers and Cavaliers (the clubs considered the favorites for LeBron’s services).
We’ll see if the Sixers front office can make a compelling enough case to overcome the allure of Los Angeles, where LeBron’s family would appear to be most comfortable and his outside business concerns could flourish. One thing’s for sure: you have to be in the game to win it, and the Sixers are in it. Brett Brown has LeBron’s ear (via Rich Paul, anyway). Let’s hope he likes what he hears.