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Could LeBron James be playing for the 76ers next season?

Oct 17, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT


Of course not. Don’t be ridiculous.

Technically, it is possible though—and not just in an alternate reality. LeBron James could use the early termination clause in his contract with the Miami Heat to become a free agent in 2014, at which point 30 NBA general managers would sprint to the nearest phone and call his agent. When the greatest basketball player in the world is available, you have to at least inquire.

So if 76ers GM Sam Hinkie gets LeBron on the horn, what are the odds King James could be lured to Philadelphia? You probably have better odds of getting struck by lightning while cashing in the jackpot-winning Powerball ticket, right?

At least one person thinks there is a route from South Beach to Broad Street. Eliot Shorr-Parks for writes at length on the reasons why LeBron James in Philly—yes, the LeBron James—might not be as far-fetched as, say, the plot to NBC’s hit new show The Blacklist.

When searching for a potential landing spots, you have to think LeBron will be looking for a number of things. The checklist will probably look something like this

1) Ability to sign another top-notch free agent
2) Supporting cast
3) Money
4) Coaching
5) Franchise Stability/History
6) City
7) Facilities

So there is why LeBron could sign in Philadelphia. Are some of them stretches? Sure. Is there a ton of factors that could change between now and then? Absolutely.

But one thing is a fact: the Sixers are at least putting themselves in a position to be in the discussion, something a good portion of the league can’t say.

Is LeBron coming to Philly? Still no. C’mon, man, get out of here with that business.

But we can dream. And as dreams go, this one is laid out pretty well. The 76ers most certainly do meet a lot of the criteria James might be searching for. If you’re willing to suspend your disbelief almost entirely, it’s worth a read.

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  1. Adam B - Oct 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Wow, nice pageview bait there, fellas. Did you run out of toilet paper over there? Because you just sh!t all over the AP style guide.

  2. hitnrun - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    If everything goes as good/bad as planned this season, the Sixers actually would have a decent case on paper, but James doesn’t really have anything to prove anymore in the sense that a solid base to win a championship would sway him.

    At this point, his decision is between establishing a single-team legacy in Miami or taking care of that asterisk on his career in Cleveland, with the dark horse maybe being a stint in NY or LA to indulge his narcissism and his handlers’ business ambitions.

    • wmcgar01 - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      I agree that Cleveland or the major markets (NY, LA) are the most probable landing spots. But, I do think that having a solid base to win a ship will sway James, wherever he ends up.. to say he has nothing left to prove….I don’t know about that…. he may be the best in the game today, but most still concede best ever to Jordan, and rings are a big (if not the biggest) part of that..

      Last year James said that the # of rings do not determine a player’s greatness, and then proceeded to use the example of Robert Horry (6 rings) vs Kobe (5)…. which is a false equivalence to begin with. I don’t buy that talk at all. If you dont think Lebron wants to be unanimously considered the best ever, you’re crazy. And he knows as well as anyone that rings are going to be the determining factor when you are comparing greats across the eras. Oh, and that whole thing was perpetuated by Jordan saying he would take Kobe over Lebron..

      Either way, Lebron to Philly will never happen. If we blow our load on some max-free agent hoping to sign him I will lose my sh*t. Hinkie seems smarter than that though and should stay committed to the rebuild. Hopefully David Stern’s spirit does not f*ck us over in the Wiggins lottery come April.

  3. Jim - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I thought for sure it would at least link or give credit to this almost exact story written yesterday:

    • Andrew Kulp - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Um, the post links that story, quotes that story, recognizes the author, and encourages people to go read that very story.

  4. Enrico Campitelli Jr. - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Jim may have just won comment of the week.

  5. droppinloads - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Since when did Kyle Scott start writing articles for this site?

  6. Jeff - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    I have a better chance getting laid by Rihanna then to see LeBron James in a Sixer uniform.

    • BenE. - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      You bumped an article from five months ago for that?

  7. Troy - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    This is garbage. This site has totally stopped being what it used to be.


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