For as bad as the Cavaliers looked to start the season, they've seriously picked up the slack lately.
After winning their 9th straight game, the Cavs are in place to once again assert their power over the rest of the conference, and their play of late has certainly warranted the attention.
And as Cleveland increases in strength, so does he possibility of their biggest star staying. Granted, LeBron James probably didn't have plans to leave anyway, but he'd surely be hard pressed to consider leaving now, right?
Well, for one team, they're prepared if he decides to go against the general consensus.
Rumor has it that the Philadelphia 76ers would be the first on James' trail if he does decide to leave Cleveland this summer, says USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Wednesday. Some NBA executives believe Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo will make an effort to sign The King, who can opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 2017-18 season.
To make it work, Philly would have to drop roughly $52.2 million in salary holds for JJ Redick, Amir Johnson, and Nik Stauskas. By letting them walk in Free-Agency, the team would have more than enough to offer James the max contract he would require.
As one of the fastest and most promising up-and-coming teams of the new season, Philly is poised for a serious playoff run this year, behind the combined force of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. The culture, the uprising, the buzz... is it enough to lure one of the greatest basketball players of all-time?
It sure won't be easy, and the odds aren't in their favor, but the days of tanking are done for Philly. Whether they get King James or not, The Process will take this team to heights it hasn't reached since the days of Allen Iverson.