The Philadelphia 76ers have an easier path than the Rockets or Spurs. They can either trade or waive and “stretch” Jerryd Bayless to have nearly enough cap room to hand James a max contract in free agency.
Bayless, owed only $8.6 million for next season, has a far less onerous contract than Deng and Anderson. If the Sixers clear his salary entirely, they’d have the room for James but might need to clear others like Furkan Korkmaz, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and/or Justin Anderson to keep others like T.J. McConnell.
Stretching Bayless would require dumping a number of the aforementioned players since he would earn $2.9 million from Philadelphia over the next three seasons.
The bigger challenge would be finding a way to keep JJ Redick. If he wants to stay, he might be looking at a paycut from $23 million to the Sixers’ $4.4 million exception.
Bigger picture, the 76ers can offer James a home in the East, far away from the rival Golden State Warriors. That could be a significant deciding factor.
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The Celtics are already one of the best teams in the East. With James, they’d be a true powerhouse.
However, Boston is well over the salary cap, so an opt-in-and-trade would be the logical route for James.
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Family could keep James right where he is in Cleveland. If so, the Cavaliers would need to bolster their roster to give James more support.
Unsigned or opted into the final year of his deal, James would take up roughly $35 million of Cleveland’s cap space. The Cavs would have to offload an unrealistic amount of salary to have any spending power.
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How about a do-over, sending Love back to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins?
Cleveland will draft eighth overall on June 21. Perhaps a young player can change the complexion of the franchise, like Jayson Tatum with the Celtics.
Cleveland could also look to trade that pick, but that’s a lot to ask without a long-term commitment from James.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap