Every NBA franchise would love to get its hands on LeBron James. Whether you think he's the GOAT or not, there's no one debating this: he's the best player of his generation, and he's still the best player on the planet today.
The 33-year-old has an opportunity to become a free agent this offseason, as he could opt out of the final year of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rumors have linked him to a whole bunch of teams, but at this point it seems like the ones that are popping up the most are the Cavs, Lakers, Rockets, and 76ers.
Each one presents a unique opportunity that could bolster LeBron's career, his bank account, and his legacy. The Philadelphia option is an interesting one, as James could join a promising young core centered on Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, plus he'd stay in the East.
There's someone out there who really wants King James to take that path. Three billboards have popped up around Cleveland urging LeBron to sign with the 76ers, as ESPN's Darren Rovell writes.
The billboards are located along interstate 480 in Cleveland, about seven miles from Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavs play.
A Philadelphia-based company put up three billboards on highway to downtown Cleveland this morning saying that city wanted LeBron. Here they are in order. pic.twitter.com/vntsa8h3mE— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 26, 2018
Rovell reports the signs will be up for three months and were funded by Power Home Remodeling, a company based near Philadelphia.
"We have an amazing city, it's the best sports town and it's an awesome place to live," Asher Raphael, the company's co-CEO, told Rovell. "We think the best athletes should want to play here."
One says #PhillyWantsLeBron. Another says, "Complete The Process." And the last one features LBJ's number 23 arranged on a court with the numbers of Simmons, Embiid, Dario Saric, and Robert Covington—a pretty good potential lineup, you have to admit.
The funniest part of this story: The company had to include a "Paid for by Power" note on the billboards because they were considered political advertising.