It was reported that the Philadelphia 76ers are aiming for LeBron James (39, Los Angeles Lakers) next summer.
CBS Sports reported that Philadelphia’s general manager Darryl Morey’s fiscal policy is aimed at a strong FA next summer. LeBron James is the most likely candidate.
LeBron James is considered the best player of all time along with Michael Jordan. He is 39 years old this year. He is still the ace of the Los Angeles Lakers, even though he is still in his twilight years.
Depending on his move, the topography of the NBA ranking and the topography of the championship can change.
He is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers through the 2024-2025 season. However, he can declare himself an FA after the end of this season. With an annual salary of 47.6 million dollars this year, James could earn 5.141 million dollars next season. However, he has player options.
Players can either qualify as FA and stay or leave the team.
LeBron James’ last goal as an active pro is to play with his son, Bronny James. Bronny James is noted for his good power and defense. He is a great prospect even if he is labeled as LeBron’s son. He was picked as the 17th pick in the 2024 draft. The 19-year-old has entered the U.S.C. (University of Southern California) this year. He is highly likely to join the NBA this year after finishing his freshman year.꽁머니지급
Cooperation with the club is essential to play with his son, one of LeBron’s strong wishes.
CBS Sports said, “The Los Angeles Lakers have not revealed any specific plans for their future with LeBron at this point, and there is no news that LeBron and the Los Angeles Lakers have had discussions. It is questionable whether the Los Angeles Lakers will try to entrust LeBron with the team’s future when he turns 40.”
The media said, “It is reasonable to think that the Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a new alternative than LeBron to win the championship.”
Under this assumption, the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James are likely to split after the end of this season. Rather than pioneering the team’s future by accepting LeBron and his son Bronny, chances are high that the Los Angeles Lakers will stage a strong winning drive around Anthony Davis. If so, LeBron will also remain as a player option. In other words, there is a good chance that LeBron James will be released as an FA this summer.
CBS Sports said, “The only teams that can receive LeBron are Detroit, Charlotte, Orlando, Utah, Toronto, San Antonio, and Philadelphia in terms of salary cap status.” For San Antonio, there is Victor Wembanyama and Gregg Popovich. LeBron James has long expressed his respect for Popovich. In other words, he has a chance to move to San Antonio, but in order to secure LeBron’s salary, San Antonio needs to have a lot more salary cap space. After all, Philadelphia is the only team that can receive LeBron at this point.”
The media outlet said, “Philadelphia General Manager Darryl Morey met LeBron’s agent Rich Paul in 2014 and offered to recruit him, but he failed. He tried again in 2018, and at the time, even Chris Paul, who was close to LeBron, was put forward. However, Houston needed a complicated sign and trade at the time, and LeBron’s joining of Houston eventually failed.”
Philadelphia ranks eighth in the league in terms of salary cap exhaustion. It is spending 173.93 million dollars this year. However, the confirmed salary for next season will drop significantly to around 63 million dollars. No player is paid more than 10 million dollars except for Joel Embiid (about 51.4 million dollars). As for Tyreece Maxey, who is emerging as an ace player this season, he can activate next year’s player option. His annual salary is only 6.25 million dollars.
CBS Sports said, “President Darryl Morey did his best to maximize the salary cap margin. Max could have been signed to Max, but he is delaying it. Philadelphia was able to recruit Jack Lavigne, Pascal Siakam, and Deyonter Murray in a trade to win this season, but there has been no significant move so far. In other words, it is analyzed that all of these measures are likely to be measures to recruit LeBron James next summer.”
If Daryl Morey’s intention is accurate, the Philadelphia Phillies will be able to form the strongest one-two punch in the history of Joel Embiid and LeBron James next year. What will happen? We need to pay attention to Philadelphia’s moves.