The Philadelphia 76ers have been quiet since the NBA draft. Right now, the Sixers are invisible while all of the NBA and sports world wonders where LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will go. Obviously, the Sixers are not a favored destination for the likes of James -- but that didn't stop new Sixers Joel Embiid from reaching out to him on Twitter on July 1 and 2.
Embiid posted on July 1 "hey bro hope you're having a good day...... Want to join us in philly?? Peace" But when he didn't get an answer, he wrote on July 2 "Been a day.. still waiting for @KingJames to answer me" while also posting the photo of his blank face at the NBA draft after the Sixers announced they'd picked him.
If James goes to a losing team that hasn't challenged for a championship in years, it would likely be the Cleveland Cavaliers or New York Knicks. At the moment, it looks like the Miami Heat are still favored to keep him, once Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh work out the pay cuts they would have to take.
Yet some fresh doubt was raised on July 2, as ESPN's Chris Broussard alleged neither Wade nor Bosh "know what James will do," and were supposedly more uncertain after a lunch meeting last week. The assumption is that Wade and Bosh must take cuts so the Heat can afford James and at least one big free agent -- but now that potential target Kyle Lowry resigned with the Toronto Raptors on July 2, Miami has even fewer options.
If the Heat become truly stuck and James really has no idea what to do, Embiid might as well keep making his pitches on Twitter for the Sixers. Building a championship team from the ground up, like he almost did with the Cavaliers, might be just the challenge James needs to quiet critics if he succeeds.
In addition, once Embiid and Nerlens Noel are finally healthy and playing with Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, and once the Sixers take advantage of all their cap room, James could develop a supporting cast worthy of him. At the least, it would be much younger than the one the Heat are offering him.
Nevertheless, the only one taking a Sixers-James union seriously right now seems to be Embiid, no matter how shaky the Heat-James union might look.