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Philadelphia 76ers "Doing Everything" They Can To Clear Spot For LeBron James

LeBron James standing at center court with his arms crossed.

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 09: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on March 9, 2016 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The NBA draft is over and free agency sits just over a week away. Teams can now focus on signing their drafted players and exploring free agents to add to their squad.

Teams with requisite space to land LeBron James are doing their due diligence on bringing the NBA's best player into the fold. Even teams without enough cap space are "doing everything" possible to clear a spot for the King.

That's according to a recent report from NJ.com suggests the Philadelphia 76ers are in the running for LeBron. That was echoed earlier this week by Brian Windhorst, who gave the 76ers a 9-percent chance to land James.

It would take some clever bookkeeping to open up a max spot for LeBron. As noted by Bleacher Report, Philadelphia would have to move several pieces around in order to open up enough space for the King.

The team is being weighed down by the contract of Jerryd Bayless. They would need to sever themselves from that contract.

The most feasible way for the Sixers to clear the requisite cap space would be a salary-dump trade of Jerryd Bayless, who is due to make $8.5 million next year. But if the Sixers can't move off his money via a trade, they could use the stretch provision—which allows teams to waive a player and stretch his salary over twice the remaining years of his contract plus one additional season—to pay Bayless over three years, rather than one.

That would cut his 2018-19 salary to $2.8 million, saving the team $5.7 million. The team could also cut ties with Richaun Holmes and his non-guaranteed $1.6 million.

We might not have to wait too long for LeBron's free agency decision. Brian Windhorst suggested that a decision is likely coming by July 4th.

James' other decisions, when he left Cleveland for Miami, and then left Miami for Cleveland, came on July 9 and July 11 respectively.

Stay tuned for the latest on LeBron's decision.

[Bleacher Report]