King James in Philly?
And for more than just two games a season?
What seems like a dream might have some feasibility to it.
Bryan Colangelo will apparently give it a shot in going after LeBron James, who can hit free agency after this season if he declines his player option with the Cavs.
Now, of course, what franchise wouldn't try for James? Any of the 30 teams in the league with an inkling of a chance will do their due diligence if James hits the market.
However, we do know this:
• Colangelo is not one to shy away from making bold moves/acquisitions (i.e., trading up for the 2017 No. 1 draft pick, bringing in JJ Redick and other veteran free agents).
• The Cavs are aging and James turns 33 years old in December, so he may be eyeing the final destination of his career — an up-and-coming team with multiple years of contention in store.
• Zillgitt reported in July that James grew frustrated with the Cavs' offseason decisions and efforts, which included a shakeup in the front office.
• As we all know, James and Sixers star rookie Ben Simmons are tight. They are both represented by the same agency (Klutch Sports Group) and James has enjoyed mentoring the 21-year-old. Simmons also shared a fun tweet at James during July, a day after Zillgitt's report surfaced.
• There has always been a mutual appreciation between James and the city of Philadelphia. In November 2015, James hit the career 25,000-point mark at the Wells Fargo Center, eliciting a standing ovation from Sixers fans. "Obviously, they’re Sixers fans to death, but they know and respect the game of basketball," James said then. "To get a standing ovation for reaching that milestone, it was very special."
• And, finally and maybe most importantly, the Sixers have the cap space to go after James, as Zillgitt notes in his article.
This season still needs to play out and the Sixers already have the city abuzz as the process' promise comes into focus.
Imagine LeBron James joining the movement? Sounds like Colangelo is at least picturing it.