The Los Angeles Lakers will be competing with the Philadelphia 76ers on the free agent market this summer, and that is (somewhat unsurprisingly) making them a target of Joel Embiid’s social media tomfoolery.
The Sixers center took to Instagram on Sunday to post a picture of himself posing with a quartet of men, including Harry Styles of the British band One Direction. In his caption, Embiid wrote “The Lakers starting 5” and tagged a number of Lakers players (namely, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, and Andre Ingram) for good measure.
Like they have in many offseasons prior, the Lakers will be shooting for the stars in free agency. That has led to jokes that their fans believe they will be signing everybody, be they superstars, retired players, or even celebrities.
Laker fans be like… pic.twitter.com/9z2L4JuMHy
— Funny Basketball (@BasketballPics) July 30, 2013
Laker fans really think Westbrook, Paul George, lebron, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson all signing with the lakers soon
— Elias (@EliasKhoudeda7) August 24, 2017
Lakers fans think they getting Lebron, Kawhi, PG, Boogie, KD, Jordan, Wilt, Obama, the Dalai Lama and Thanos all this offseason when in reality they gon end up signing Michael Beasley
— Afghan Klay Thompson (@KhuMass) June 16, 2018
As for the Sixers, they are jostling for position with the Lakers on both the free agent market and the trade market. Leave it to Embiid to make light of the competition with his customary Internet barbs.