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Sixers to meet with LeBron James' reps in Los Angeles

Sixers to meet with LeBron James' reps in Los Angeles

The Sixers at least have a foot in the door.

LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul, is meeting with the Sixers in Los Angeles on Sunday, NBC Sports Philadelphia has confirmed. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news and that James is not expected to attend the meeting.

Per The New York Times' Mark Stein, the Sixers' contingent will include managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer.

Dominoes have started falling across the NBA since free agency opened at midnight. However, the biggest one, James, has kept a relatively low profile.

James and Paul spoke with Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman over the phone just as free agency got underway, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin. Other than that, the only other rumblings surrounding the three-time champion and four-time MVP have been that the Denver Nuggets are attempting to make a hard run at him, according to Yahoo! Sports' Chris Mannix.

The one-time betting favorite to land James, the Los Angeles Lakers, also remain in the hunt. They are still seeking another star player to pair James with, which could include trading for San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard or free agent DeMarcus Cousins, who they reportedly have their own meeting with on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Sixers should relatively easily able to reach the required cap space for a max-level player such as James and can still attract another top-tier talent. Their preference would also be a trade for Leonard, who they feel would put them in “pole position” to lock down James.

Couple that with the chance to play with young studs Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons along with James’ close ties to the Rookie of the Year, and the Sixers should be as attractive a destination as any for the king.

Now it just comes down to the meeting. The Sixers know going in that James’ camp doesn’t want any elaborate free-agent pitch, but will their message be enough?

Stay tuned.

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Joel Embiid forgets nothing when it comes to Paul Millsap

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Joel Embiid forgets nothing when it comes to Paul Millsap

Joel Embiid forgets nothing.

The NBA's most popular troll outdid himself on Instagram Tuesday night, posting this picture of him dunking over Paul Millsap.

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More than the picture itself, though, the caption and location were hilarious. Millsap made the 2017 Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve, when some folks nationally and everyone locally thought Embiid deserved the nod over him. For that reason, Millsap, a workmanlike veteran who doesn't put himself out there much at all, has become almost a villain to Sixers fans.

When Embiid posts pics like this, it's always fun to look at which other athletes "like" them. In this case, Draymond Green, teammates Robert Covington and Markelle Fultz, and Eagles WR Nelson Agholor.

Sixers' willingness to pass will be key during playoffs

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Sixers' willingness to pass will be key during playoffs

One of the biggest storylines surrounding the Sixers this season has been whether LeBron James will join the promising team as a free agent in the summer.

But what if we told you the Sixers already had their own king. Well, at least according to head coach Brett Brown.

“We’ve said from Day 1, the pass is king,” Brown said after Monday’s win over the Nuggets.

If that’s the case, the Sixers are already among royalty.

The Sixers entered Tuesday tied for second in the entire NBA with 26.4 assists per game, behind only the champion Golden State Warriors. They’ve bumped that number up to an impressive 31.2 dimes a night over the course of their current seven-game win streak, including 35 in that victory over the Nuggets.

“Everybody loves to play with people that pass the ball,” Brown said. “One of the large differences this year is the receivers can finish either through threes or in the paint.”

True, it only becomes an assist if the person on the receiving end finishes the play. However, it’s the mentality of passing that helps spark everything.

Perhaps more than any other principle he brought from San Antonio, Brown has instilled in his young team that being unselfish with the ball is paramount. The Sixers genuinely want to share the rock and see their teammates get easy baskets.

Nowhere is that fundamental value more visible than the play of Ben Simmons. The point guard is averaging 8.0 assists and passed Allen Iverson for the most dimes by a rookie in franchise history with his 12 against Denver.

Even Markelle Fultz, back Monday after a 68-game absence, got in on the action with eight assists.

“How good is that? To look down and see 35 assists,” Brown said. “And, to your point, to add up those two point guards. Then look at the turnovers, you know they pass.

“… That’s a big number from those two and it’s a massive number again from our team. Thirty-five assists is something we’re proud of.”

What would make the squad even more proud is continuing to share the wealth when the postseason rolls around. When opponents’ offenses start to slow down in the playoffs and they look to their stars to carry them, the Sixers can focus on keeping the ball hopping around to everyone.

After all, what good is it being royalty if everyone in the kingdom doesn’t eat?