Title Contender ‘A Threat’ To Steal LeBron James In Free Agency

The Los Angeles Lakers may look a lot different in the 2024-25 NBA season. They may add another star and may also lose LeBron James. The four-time NBA champion will make a decision on his player option and there’s a list of potential scenarios. At least one scenario suggests that LeBron may leave the Lakers in free agency and sign with a top title contender.

The Philadelphia 76ers have enough cap space to add player like LeBron to their roster. They have also showed interest in Paul George, Klay Thompson, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. LeBron is the biggest name mentioned in recent speculations.

The title contender has a real shot in LeBron James’ free agency

NBA insider Brian Windhorst discussed LeBron’s situation with the Lakers. They have a great chance to keep him on the roster, but LeBron will sure be hearing offers in free agency.

“It is fair to point out that Daryl Morey has been trying to sign LeBron for a decade now — multiple different opportunities,” Windhorst said. “And of the teams that have a chance to win the championship next year, the only team with the cap space to offer LeBron a max contract is the 76ers. Other teams could do sign-and-trades but the Lakers wouldn’t have to cooperate.

“The 76ers are a threat. I don’t think they’re a serious threat, but certainly, in the NBA, you never rule anything out.”

Jeanie Buss and Magic Johnson signed LeBron on the first day of free agency in 2018. Fun fact? The Sixers wanted LeBron in 2018. Daryl Morey won’t miss out on the slightest chance to get LeBron if he becomes available.

“Not only would I not be surprised, I’d expect it,” Windhorst said. “That’s how Daryl Morey operates — he always goes after every star. He’d try to acquire every player in the league. He’ll go after Paul George and every other star player he can.”

LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, fueled offseason rumors by saying that his client has yet to decide on his future. They will go over all their options and make the best decision.

“I don’t know what he’s gonna do,” Paul said of his client. “We’re gonna do what we do every year. We’re gonna evaluate the situation and we’re gonna make the best decision.”