Sixers execs felt they were in the running for LeBron James


LeBron James didn’t take long to make his decision to go to Los Angeles, but the Philadelphia 76ers felt that James strongly considered them before choosing the Lakers.
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Speaking about their meeting with James’ agent, Rich Paul, and Klutch Sports at the start of free agency, Sixers managing partner Josh Harris and coach and interim general manager Brett Brown reflected on the Sixers’ chances of teaming James with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Although they were complimentary of how focused and smart James’ team is, the Sixers felt the sting of not landing the premier free agent in the game while seeing Paul George re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Philadelphia has agreed to deals to bring back guard JJ Redick and forward Amir Johnson and add forward Nemanja Bjelica while acquiring Wilson Chandler. The 76ers are considered to be suitors for Kawhi Leonard if the San Antonio Spurs opt to trade him.

Harris, whose team is still searching for a general manager to replace Bryan Colangelo, discussed in generalities the challenge of trying to add a significant star to the Sixers’ core and what that might cost.

Over the years, as James has occasionally referenced being underpaid — At the end of the day, I don’t think my value on the floor can really be compensated for because of the [rules], he said in 2013 — there have been varying attempts by economists Derrick Henry Jersey and journalists to try to quantify his true worth.

Well, there Keenan Robinson Womens Jersey may finally be a comparable athlete who sets James’ true market value.

On Tuesday, European soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo agreed to a new contract with Juventus. Not including the transfer fee to Ronaldo’s former team, Real Madrid, that will exceed $100 million, Ronaldo will get a four-year contract worth about $258 million, or an average salary of $64.5 million per season.

Give or take a few million a year, that massive annual figure could indeed be what James might fetch in an uncapped NBA market.