The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the teams expected to try and land LeBron James when NBA free agency opens up on July 1. If they did, it would certainly change the dynamic in the Eastern Conference.
The arduous "process" began to finally pay dividends this season, when Philly won 52 games and reached the second round of the playoffs. Now, the Sixers have to take the next step, moving from team on the rise to bona fide contender.
It isn't an easy jump to make, but landing James would certainly ensure Philly is the favorite in the East next season. Joel Embiid is ready to make it happen.
Embiid told USA Today his recruiting pitch for James last week.
The process worked out pretty well, we got 50 wins last year, we got a lot of talented players on the team,” Embiid told USA TODAY Sports ahead of last week’s NBA draft. “We feel like adding another piece of his caliber is going to help us.”
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“He’s the best player in the league at this moment, so I think he takes us to another level, which is important because at the end of the day, I want to be a champion," said Embiid. "I want to do it myself. I want to have a lot to do with winning a championship or bringing a championship back to the city of Philadelphia.”
There has been some concern over how James would fit in with Ben Simmons, a point-forward who is most comfortable creating for others and is allergic to even attempting three-pointers. It is a fair question, but there's no doubt that a James-Embiid-Simmons trio would be a force to be reckoned with.
We will find out soon enough if Philly has any chance at the King.