As the Cavs struggle against the Celtics in the playoffs there’s an assumption around the league that LeBron James will leave Cleveland this offseason to form a new superteam elsewhere to compete against the league’s best teams next season.
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor did the math and came up with an insane scenario where the Philadelphia 76ers could add Kawhi Leonard, who is reportedly trying to force a trade to leave San Antonio, and LeBron this offseason to form a superteam that would rival the Warriors “Hampton’s five” squad.
Via The Ringer
If I were the Sixers, I’d push hard for Kawhi Leonard, who’s spent time rehabbing in New York under the care of Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the 76ers’ chief medical officer. If the Sixers went all in with a monster trade package headlined by Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, the no. 10 pick, draft-and-stashes, and Jerryd Bayless’s salary, they could theoretically have a Big Three with Embiid, Simmons, and Leonard, and still retain max cap space to sign James if J.J. Redick agreed to a deal worth less than $10 million annually.
If Philly can get assurances of both Leonard’s health—Glashow must know—and James’s interest in joining the team, then that admittedly rich trade package is reasonable. Their lineup of Embiid, Simmons, James, Leonard, and Redick would be outrageous, and so lethal with its blend of size and skill that even the Warriors would have a hard time matching up with their frontcourt of Durant and Draymond Green.
I’m 100 percent down for this and hopefully the Sixers seriously consider it because it would be awesome.