Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has a new podcast out, and after the first episode we already have a gem we can take away from it.
According to McCollum, he thinks people are discounting the idea of LeBron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Philadelphia 76ers when he can opt-out of his contract to become a free agent this summer.
If James were to head to Philadelphia it might be one of the more stunning moves in NBA free agency history.
Via the Pull Up podcast:
He’s always calculated about his decision-making process going back to his youth. Ben [Simmons] is his young guy. Ben is a member of Klutch Sports, so that also could play a factor.
Philly is in the Eastern Conference. LeBron has been fond of the Eastern Conference throughout his career on what seems to be his EZ-Pass to the Finals.
I think it’s a bigger possibility than people think. I’m not sure if they have the space financially for that. Obviously, they have a lot of guys on rookie deals right now. But they would need to get some more shooters in there if they do want to bring Bron in.
James reportedly has just three teams on his short list: the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Sixers. LeBron was reportedly seen scoping out schools in the Philadelphia area earlier this year, but that rumor has been denied by his camp.
Meanwhile, despite billboards going up in McCollum’s back yard, it doesn’t appear that many other teams have a real shot at The King.