LeBron James can be an unrestricted free agent next summer and could once again leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency. If James decides to opt out of his contract following this season, there will be a number of teams that will attempt to sign him as a free agent.
NBA executives believe the Philadelphia 76ers will be among the teams that will attempt to sign James, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today. The Sixers will make an intriguing case for James due to the young players they currently have on the roster. Adding James to a core of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Markelle Fultz and Robert Covington would likely make the 76ers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference.
While the Los Angeles Lakers have been mentioned most often as a potential landing spot for James if he leaves the Cavaliers, many point to the fact that his road to the NBA Finals would become much tougher in the competitive Western Conference. If he remains in the East, his path to the Finals projects to be much easier as he has shown during his time with the Cavaliers and Miami Heat.
Of course, the Sixers would still need to offer James a max contract. They currently project to have as much as $27.7 million in cap space next season, according to Basketball Insiders. The Sixers would likely still need to clear more space in order to sign James but they’d only need to make a few minor moves to get there.
As this season continues, there will surely be more speculation along the way with where James may play next season, but the 76ers could have a compelling case to sign him.