The Philadelphia 76ers have officially entered the race to sign free agent star LeBron James. The Sixers have kind of always been mentioned for LeBron, but it had seemed like a two-team race (Cavs and Lakers) until today.
LeBron's representatives will be meeting with the Sixers in Los Angeles today. LeBron will not be at the meeting - he'll be represented by his agent, Rich Paul - but Philadelphia is still going to make a big pitch.
That pitch will include the idea of the Sixers also trading for Kawhi Leonard.
"Philly believes it still has a real chance to win the Kawhi Leonard trade sweepstakes, league sources say," Marc Stein of the New York Times reports.
It's unclear if LeBron himself is legitimately interested in Philadelphia, but there's at least enough intrigue for him to send some representatives to a meeting.
ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst reported on SportsCenter that there are people in James' camp who believe the Sixers should be highly considered.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier today that Philadelphia was indeed in trade talks with the Spurs, but they've kept three players off limits so far.
"The Sixers have the ability to offer James a $38.25 million annual maximum salary over four years, potentially partnering him with two of the NBA's best young stars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
The 76ers have also been engaged in talks with the San Antonio Spurs on a potential Kawhi Leonard trade, and so far, have kept three players off limits in talks, team sources tell ESPN -- Embiid, Simmons and Markelle Fultz," he wrote.
Some reports say that LeBron will be announcing his decision before July 4. If that's the case, Philadelphia is going to have to work quickly.