"I feel like another high-level free agent is required," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said at his end-of-season news conference Friday, "and I think we have the ability to attract one."
Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo agreed, though toned back his head coach's sentiment that they needed to add another "high-level free agent." Instead, Colangelo used the term "talent." Colangelo didn't limit his options to just free agency, leaving the door open to a potential trade.
"We need to add something to get better," Colangelo said. "If the right deal comes along, we'll be certain to pursue it."
Brett Brown spoke today on adding a high-level free agent to the roster to take the team to the next level.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) May 11, 2018
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Brown's, and to a degree Colangelo's, comments Friday certainly will not cool the LeBron James-to-the-Sixers rumors. They'll likely intensify them.
LeBron has a player option but can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Technicalities aside, LeBron is hitting the free agent market this summer. It happens every year.
Rumors of LeBron joining his prodigy Ben Simmons and "The Process" Joel Embiid have run rampant throughout the season. Just Tuesday, Fox Sports 1's Chris Broussard reported LeBron wants to play "off the ball" next season.
The other big fish on the market this summer is George, who seems destined to join his hometown team the Lakers.
Then, there is the trade market.
With tension growing between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, a breakup seems possible and Vegas recently has the Sixers as the best odds to land Leonard if he's moved (see story).
"We don't have to turn this into calculus, it's quite clear," Brown said of potential targets for the Sixers.