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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Report: 76ers willing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to sign LeBron James

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The Philadelphia 76ers have arguably the best young core in place of any NBA team, and all indications are they are willing to spend big this offseason to bring their roster to the next level.

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote over the weekend that the Sixers are “prepared to do whatever it takes” to sign LeBron James this summer. That obviously means offering LeBron a max contract, but they could also make other moves in order to entice the 33-year-old.

According to Pompey, the 76ers also have interest in soon-to-be free agent Paul George. They have also reportedly expressed interest in trading for Kawhi Leonard should the San Antonio Spurs make the star forward available.

Philly would likely need to part ways with players like JJ Redick and Amir Johnson in order to create salary cap space, but it helps that Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are still playing under their rookie contracts. Because of that, the 76ers already have two star players in place who are not costing them very much — at least for the time being.

If the Sixers could find a way to sign both LeBron and add either George or Leonard, that would be a situation James would have to give a lot of thought to. His easiest path to the NBA Finals is always going to be through the Eastern Conference, but Philly is in a better position to contend going forward than the Cleveland Cavaliers.

We’ve already heard all the noise on social media about LeBron possibly signing with the Sixers, and it wouldn’t exactly be a shock if it happened.

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