By Mary Cunningham
It’s no secret that Sixers management has long-coveted soon-to-be-free-agent LeBron James, the best player in the NBA who will be available after his Cavs get bumped from these playoffs.
Just last Friday coach Brett Brown and big boss Bryan Colangelo agreed said that the team needs help to get over the NBA title hump.
But they’re not sitting around just hoping that King James will land in Philly.
They have almost $30 million in salary cap space, and they could sign LeBron outright this July.
However, if the great one balks, there are some options.
According to the Inky, the Sixers are also interested in trading for disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. Of course, if that was the direction they took, LeBron would be off the table:
Don’t be surprised if they also try to acquire San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard in a trade. Sources have said the Sixers have expressed interest in the two-time all-star. While he is eligible for a five-year, $219-million “super-max” extension with the Spurs this summer, there are reports that Leonard wants out after staying away from the team for most of the season with a quad injury. He played in only nine games.
Leonard has a great relationship with Sixers coach Brett Brown. However, trading for him would be risky without first getting a guarantee that he’ll agree to a contract extension. Leonard is set to become a free agent on July 1, 2019.