Philadelphia 76ers: Could Kawhi Leonard be option if LeBron James joins Spurs?

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With the Philadelphia 76ers expected to be aggressive in free agency, it will be interesting to see if the team has any sort of chance to land Kawhi Leonard of LeBron James.

Now that the drama from the Bryan Colangelo Twitter scandal is beginning to settle down, the Philadelphia 76ers can focus on what was supposed to be the main topic of discussion this offseason, which is potential players that could come on board for the 2018-19 season.

For the first time in years, the Sixers are actually an attractive landing spot for potential free agents after the team took a major leap in the right direction this past season by winning 52 games along with earning a trip to the semifinals in the playoffs.

However, if there were one thing to takeaway from that series against Boston, it would be Philadelphia is in desperate need of bringing in another star to play alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

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Based off how these young stars on the rise played in their first full season together, the future seems brighter than ever for the Sixers after years of disappointment and rebuilding. Plus, if Philadelphia were to find a way to land a superstar like LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard this summer, it would make that future even brighter for Brett Brown’s team.

While the Sixers have been rumored to be a potential landing spot for months when it comes to James if he ends up opting out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Leonard’s situation is a little bit different.

As bad as it sounds to say, Leonard’s days with the San Antonio Spurs seem like they will come to an end at some point this offseason when looking at the frustration between the two parties over the last couple of months. Unlike James, the only chance of Leonard coming to Philadelphia would be through a trade, but this doesn’t mean the possibility should be ruled out.

In fact, when hearing the recent rumors surrounding Gregg Popovich and the Spurs possibly getting in on the James sweepstakes if he were to become available in free agency, the Sixers may be able to use this to their advantage when it comes to Leonard. If San Antonio were in fact able to convince James to come on board, this would almost guarantee that Leonard was no longer part of the picture, and if the team were in need of a trade partner, Philadelphia may end up being one of the top options.

This may sound crazy to some basketball fans, but let’s not forget about the report back from the middle of May that indicated Philadelphia’s potential interest in Leonard. Not to mention, Leonard already has a great relationship with Brown from his days as an assistant with the Spurs before taking the job with the Sixers.

Rightfully so, all of this talk is hypothetical at the moment since nobody even knows if James is going to leave Cleveland for a second time, although it really wouldn’t come as a surprise when seeing how things played out this past season.

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Seeing James suit up in a Sixers uniform alongside Simmons and Embiid seems to be the dream right now for Philadelphia fans, but if him joining the Spurs also resulted in the Sixers acquiring Leonard through a trade, this wouldn’t be the worst scenario.