While in the midst of my daily media consumption, I came across some interesting notes from noted Boston super fan Bill Simmons. Near the end of a rather lengthy post on The Ringer, Simmons cited recent buzz of LeBron coming to the Sixers:
“The Sixers have enough cap space and trade assets to accommodate LeBron and the likes of, say, PAUL GEORGE; Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are two of the league’s best under-25 blue-chippers (young legs!); Klutch represents LeBron and Simmons (hmmmmm); and NBA insiders have been gossiping about an increasingly cozy Philly–LeBron’s circle connection since November.”
This blurb, in which Simmons argued that Philadelphia could provide LeBron the perfect narrative to end his career, was music to my ears.
“In 2018, LeBron James signed with Philadelphia to build one last mini-dynasty with Embiid and Simmons. He vowed to play seven more years, until he turned 40, and vowed to make it his last stop. Just as important, he wanted to be closer to New York City and to his goal of becoming the first active billionaire athlete, with an eye on building his business empire and eventually owning an NBA franchise.”
Let’s not forget that Bovada listed the Sixers as the 5th most likely destination for the four-time league MVP and three-time NBA Finals MVP to land this offseason.
Per Bovada, the #Sixers are tied for the 5th best odds (with the Pistons) to sign LeBron James at 10/1. Trails just Warriors (6/1), Lakers (5/1), Cavaliers (11/4) and Rockets (5/2).
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) February 9, 2018
Ultimately, LeBron may end up signing a multi-year deal with a team he believes has long-term potential. While recent contracts for James and Kevin Durant have amounted to one-year deals with a player option for a second, the optics of team-hopping to chase Michael Jordan’s ghost wouldn’t be in the best interest of LeBron’s image.
Although many in the national media believe James will land in Los Angeles to lead a young Lakers team, it could very well come down to two teams: Houston and Philadelphia.
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