Not even a working week into his NBA career, Joel Embiid, the third pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is already on the hunt for new recruits to join the Philadelphia 76ers. Embiid sent a tweet to LeBron James asking the game’s best player if he would take his talents to the City of Brotherly Love.
@KingJames hey bro hope you’re having a good day…… Want to join us in philly?? Peace
— Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 1, 2014
In theory, the Sixers could make a run at signing James as one of just seven teams that have the ability to offer a max contract he is rumored to want. With roughly $30 million in available cap space, signing James to the max would account for approximately $22 million of that, allowing for about another $8 million to be used to fill up the roster.
As the current cap situation stands, the Sixers only have $26,080,114 in guaranteed contracts for next season and $39,481,198 in total taking into consideration cap holds, per Basketballinsiders.com.
The prospect of James joining the Sixers has gone largely unreported, but that doesn’t mean they are without hope.
With so much cap space available, even after adding James, another player capable of contributing to the supporting cast isn’t out of the question. Couple that with rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams and the long-awaited debut of Nerlens Noel, and there’s the youthful exuberance the Heat so desperately lacked last season. And that’s before Embiid sees the floor; he hasn’t totally been ruled out for the 2014-15 season.
It’s unlikely the Sixers get much respect in the race for James, but they should certainly approach the starting blocks. It wouldn’t hurt their long-term plans offering James a two-year max deal that he walks away from in 2016, and would do wonders for the reputation of the man himself.
Get on the phone, Sam Hinkie. It’s worth a shot.