With the 2017–2018 NBA season winding down and the playoffs fast approaching, fans and observers are looking even way ahead not only to the NBA Finals but also on what could transpire during the upcoming offseason. Incidentally, one of the most frequent topics is Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, who was recently wooed by another Eastern Conference team.
After news of billboards enticing James to move to the Philadelphia 76ers came out, a rumor emerged saying the 33-year-old forward visited some schools in Philadelphia. James' alleged scouting of the schools was presumed to be for his kids, should he decide to move to the City of Brotherly Love, said Alaa Abdelnaby of NBC Sports Philadelphia during the "Philly Sports Talk" show on Tuesday.
"I've told this to a few other people, and I have no problem saying this, my brother lives in the Philadelphia area and he told me that LeBron, last week through a superintendent, was in the area checking out some private schools during the All-Star break," said Abdelnaby who is also a color commentator for the Sixers
A report from NESN noted that James moving to the Sixers may be an intriguing option for the four-time league MVP. The team is full of young but promising prospects in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. In addition, staying in the Eastern Conference means James does not need to go through the likes of the Houston Rockets and defending champion Golden State Warriors to get to the Finals.
Earlier this week, ESPN reported that three billboards were spotted along I-480 in Cleveland last Monday, which are apparently addressed to the Cavs forward. The first billboard showed "#23" in maroon color complete with a crown with four other numbers clad in blue. Incidentally, the four other numbers matched the jersey numbers of Embiid, Simmons, Rober Covington, and Dario Saric, all players of the Sixers.
The second billboard read "Complete the Process" written in blue, white, and red, which are Sixers colors. The last billboard, on the other hand, read "#PhillyWantsLebron." The billboards were located around seven miles away from the Cavs' home court, the Quicken Loans Arena.