I'm still not throwing in the towel, but LeBron-to-LA is looking more and more like a reality by the minute.
Apparently he's even making calls to Kevin Durant about coming to LA...
It seems like LeBron wants to be in LA, but he also wants to win.
We'll see what matters most.
- The Kawhi Effect
Is Greg Popovich really going to cave and send Kawhi to LA?
It may come down to the Lakers simply overpaying for Kawhi Leonard.
We know the Sixers are in the mix...
You can assume that the Sixers have the same reservations as the Celtics about Kawhi...
Whoever lands Kawhi would seemingly land LeBron as well.
Let's assume the Lakers do end up landing both LeBron and Kawhi.....
1. Paul George
It seems like it's down to OKC and LA for George, but maybe the Sixers could make a late push.
He would certainly be a great fit with the Sixers, but would he be enough to put the Sixers over the top in the East?
Assuming he would sign for the MAX, are you in??
2. The trade market
- Demar Derozan
- Bradley Beal
- CJ McCollum
- Kemba Walker
Beal and McCollum are more of a pipe dream than anything else.
Is Kemba Walker even worth a look?
Derozan could be a serious trade candidate, but is due 83 million + over the next 3 years. If they trade for him they're essentially giving up on signing a big-time free agent in 2019.
He can opt out after the 2019/2020 season, and is a UFA in 2021.
3. Wait until 2019
If the Sixers fail to land LeBron, Kawhi, or Paul George, and cannot pry a big name off of the trade market, then they are looking at signing guys to one-year deals, and looking toward 2019 to add a big name.
Here's some of the top names in the 2019 free agent class..
- Kawhi Leonard
- Klay Thompson
- Kyrie Irving
- Jimmy Butler
- Kemba Walker
- Kevin Love
- Harrison Barnes
- Eric Bledsoe
- Al Horford
- Goran Dragic
If they can't land Kawhi now, then they obviously wouldn't be able to land him in 2019 either.
Kyrie Irving wants to be a Knick and wouldn't fit in Philly anyway, and the general sense is that Klay Thompson wants to stay out west.
After that, it's slim pickings.
Can they afford to wait?
It comes down to this...
Plan A: Land Kawhi at your price and LeBron follows.
Plan B: Paul George?
Plan C: Wait until 2019.
I don't get the impression that the Sixers will just trade for a player making a ton of money or sign a player to big money just for the sake of doing something.
We'll see what Brett Brown can do.
Again, I'm not throwing in the towel on Plan A just yet.
The next few days are going to be insane. Keep checking back each day!