For those of you who don’t know, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a straight dumpster fire right now. Cleveland’s front office is in a state of flux, after former general manager David Griffin and team owner Dan Gilbert couldn’t agree on a new contract. After Chauncey Billups declined an offer earlier this month, Kobe Altman took the reins. Cavs fans are already stressing out that LeBron James might leave Cleveland again after the 2017-18 season when he can opt out to become an unrestricted free agent. If that wasn’t enough, now their star point guard, Kyrie Irving, has demanded a trade. Irving, who just turned 25, is already a six year veteran averaging 21.6 points a game and has been to four All Star games; not to mention he’s an NBA champion.
With all the turmoil in ‘Believeland’, it might be more likely that LeBron will bolt Cleveland, once again, potentially for the Lakers.
However, over the past week or so, LeBron has made a series of social media gestures hinting that the Sixers could be a potential landing spot for the Akron native assuming he hits free agency.
On July 18, LeBron welcomed the newest member of the Sixers, J.J. Redick, to his distributed-media company Uninterrupted, where Redick’s podcast, Chronicles of Redick, will be featured.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 19, 2017
On July 20, Ben Simmons’ 21st birthday, LeBron tweeted this, referring to Joel Embiid’s favorite drink:
Happy Bday to my lil bro @BenSimmons25!!! That boi 21 now. Uh-Oh!! Let’s go have a Shirley temple with a twist. ????♂️??♂️
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 20, 2017
Then, yesterday afternoon, LeBron uttered (tweeted) ‘The Process,’ referencing J.J. Redick’s decision to join the Sixers:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 25, 2017
Not to mention, LBJ then posted a video on instagram of himself listening to the new Meek Mill album, who is of course a renowned Philadelphia rapper.
LeBron goes to bat for guys he does business with outside of basketball. He’s often seen retweeting and taking pictures with players who share his agent, Rich Paul from Klutch Sports. LeBron also may have played a role in Tristan Thompson’s contract extension in 2015, when he inked a five-year, $82 million deal with Cleveland. LeBron repeatedly applied pressure to the Cavs to lock up Thompson, who uses Rich Paul, long-term by publicly stating a deal needed to get done.
What should we make of LeBron’s recent Philly themed tweets?
In any other case, it’s just LeBron shouting out his guys — no big deal. However, in these specific scenarios, he referenced the Sixers as a whole and what are now iconic symbols in the City of Brotherly Love: the shirely temple and ‘The Process.’
LeBron is flirting with the Sixers. That’s what we should make of it, and nothing else. But, we should enjoy it, because the Philadelphia 76ers have the attention of the world’s best player. LeBron left Cleveland the first time to play with a friend in Dwyane Wade in Miami. Is it possible that he leaves Cleveland again to play with his friend Ben Simmons, who’s agent is also Rich Paul? It is, but all LeBron is doing is flirting. Don’t believe it until you see it.
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