By Tommy Matthews

LeBron James has a Lakers player option for next season, but he could decline that and become an unrestricted free agent.

If he does hit free agency, the Sixers could create up to $65 million in cap space and have a pair of All-Stars on the roster already in Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, not to mention that they play in the weaker Eastern Conference.

So if LeBron was most focused on winning another championship, it could be argued them that gives him the best chance.

And according to Keith Pompey of the Inky, LeBron is on the 76ers’ list of potential offseason additions:

The Sixers do have their eyes on other lucrative-salary impact players just in case they don’t get Paul George.

That’s why they also are looking at potential free agents like the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and New York Knicks forward OG Anunoby.

If not in free agency, the Sixers believe they can use their draft assets and available cap space to acquire a difference-maker via a trade.

That has led to Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, and New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram being among trade interests.

It still seems highly unlikely that LeBron will play anywhere else aside from the Lakers, but the possibility is there and Philadelphia is the lone team that has the cap space while also being a legit contender.

The Lakers are going to do everything in their power to make sure James finishes out his career in the purple and gold, but there is only so much they can control. If LeBron hits free agency, the decision is ultimately out of their hands and the 76ers could swoop in and make a massive offer that could be difficult for James to refuse.

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