Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Philadelphia 76ers: 5 reasons LeBron James should sign

Philadelphia 76ers: 5 reasons LeBron James should sign

The Sixers can cross one free agent off their wish list. That's not the case at, where the Lakers are given better than 5/1 odds to win next year's championship.

"Hart is part of why the Lakers could be poised to make the playoffs no matter what happens next season". However, LeBron's options may be more limited than they seem, because they typically rely on convincing another player to join him.

Things are certainly looking up for the storied franchise.

The Cavs have the $5.3 million taxpayer's midlevel exception available to them to spend on free agents, which they could offer to one player or try to split between two players in order to offer a slight premium over the veteran's minimum.

LeBron James has decided not to pick up his $35.6 million option for next season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple reports, including Bleacher Report's Howard Beck. George is reportedly "seriously considering" a return to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but has not ruled out the Lakers either.

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Then there's Leonard, who doesn't control his own destiny. This lineup is based on just James signing with the Lakers, and not some of the other rumors that are circulating. In the long run, Los Angeles' wild success is riding on whether or not they land a star. His salaries from the first 15 years of his career add up to a cumulative sum of $203 million - but LeBron could double his career salary earnings in a single contract if he plays another five years. The Lakers have more assets to offer the Spurs than the Clippers, giving them a real shot to execute a trade. Even adding just of the stars would make it almost impossible for Los Angeles to compete with the defending champs.

Meanwhile, a source told Yahoo Sports that Leonard actually reached out to James to let him know he wanted to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar.

For the third time in eight years, LeBron James is a free agent.

Like most National Basketball Association off seasons, there will be endless speculation followed by Twitter emoji meanings and players tribune reveals, but at the end of this story, the free agency fans may be disappointed when LeBron suits up wearing Cleveland colors to kick off the National Basketball Association season.

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