This my be biased, but when it comes to presenting their case to LeBron, I don't believe that the Sixers have an obvious flaw.
However, I would be remiss if I didn't point out the fact that before the Bryan Colangelo burner gate story, the Sixers were the Vegas favorites to land LeBron at +150, and now they are behind the Lakers at +450. So, someone out there must think that the Colangelo mess will have, or already has had an impact on LeBron's decision.
Do I persoanlly think LeBron really cares who the GM is?
No, but proving that you have a stable organization wouldn't hurt.
That leads us into last night....
On ESPN's NBA Draft special, Adrian Wojnarowski had this to say about the SIxers GM situation..
After hearing this, my original thought was..
We can look at this situation one of two ways..
The positive spin:
There is the possibility that not having a GM in place could actually benefit the Sixers.
Woj say hes believes the Sixers are "big game hunting" and that Brett Brown is a "tremendous face of an orginzation." That leads me to believe that they should be just fine in a meeting with LeBron James.
The best case scenario is that LeBron indeed doesn't care who the general manager is, and is only interested in coming to Philly for Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, the resources to land another star, and Brett Brown.
Even furthermore, LeBron could potentially have a say in whoever the Sixers do eventually hire as GM. (His boy David Griffin?)
The negative spin:
There is also the possibility that Brett Brown and the rest of the front office will be overmatched.
In regards to LeBron's free agency, Woj said that "this is not going to be a quick decision."
Can Brett Brown convince the King to come to Philly?
If they end up missing out on LeBron and Paul George, do they have a backup plan?
Will they panic and make a move just for the sake of making a move?
Will Brett be able to make a bold trade, or will he be hesitant because he overvalues his players? Or even worse, will he make too bold of a trade because undervalues a certain player such as Markelle Fultz?
This is the biggest off-season in franchise history, it would
make sense to have a GM in place sooner rather than later.
Which way do you see it?
I like Brett Brown, but being the GM is a different animal. I don't think having a GM in place really helps or hurts the Sixers chances of landing LeBron, but if they were to miss out, that's when it would be nice to have an experienced guy in place.
At the end of the day, this is Bryan Colangelo's fault. The Sixers are doing what they think puts the organization in the best position to succeed.
Will it work out?
We will get our first look at the interim front office on Thursday night.