Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Philadelphia 76ers re-sign JJ Redick to 1-year deal

Philadelphia 76ers re-sign JJ Redick to 1-year deal

The Philadelphia 76ers are still hoping to make one or more major splashes this offseason, and they may have plenty of incentive to offer a respectable trade package for Kawhi Leonard.

On the official first day of free agency, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that a group of members for the 76ers met with LeBron James' agent Rich Paul on Sunday to try and get LeBron to Philly.

The fact that he didn't pick up his option could be good news for anxious Cavs fans, who fear James may leave them for the second time in his career. Leonard can opt out of his current deal and become a free agent next summer.

With the start of free agency upon us, there have been plenty of Lakers rumors. Paul informed the Cavs on Friday morning that the four-time MVP would not opt in to the final year of his contract; James was scheduled to make $35.6 million in 2018-19.

Furthermore, James could sign a one-year deal with Cleveland, with a one year option, so he can have chance at exploring free-agency in 2019.

The San Antonio Spurs star, 26, told 33-year-old James that he wants to play alongside him, a source told Yahoo Sports. Los Angeles might not look like a title contender now, especially in a world where the Golden State Warriors exist, but - in James' estimation, presumably - it will. His life wouldn't change all that much, and by staying in the Eastern Conference, he would have an easier time getting to the NBA Finals. That eliminated the possibility of George and LeBron linking up with the Los Angeles Lakers, and figures to make the Lakers' pursuit of LeBron more hard.

According to ESPN insider Bobby Marks, Cleveland can offer James a more lucrative deal than any other team - a five-year max contract in the neighborhood of $205 million. Both L.A. and Northern Ohio are home to James, and he has no such connection with the City of Brotherly Love.

The Lakers last won a championship in 2010.

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