Just a few short hours ago, we had planned to aggregate the Las Vegas odds on LeBron James’ free agency destination. The Philadelphia 76ers make a ton of sense from a basketball standpoint, but Bryan Colangelo might have bungled that as a possibility.
Here are the odds from earlier today, via FanRag Sports NBA.
The #Sixers are now the favorites to land LeBron pic.twitter.com/jCQmUFdZqz— FRS Hoopz (@FRS_Hoopz) May 29, 2018
Hell, Philly was flying so high that even Ben Simmons chimed in to TMZ Sports about the possibility:
So TMZ Sports asked Simmons at LAX if he thinks he could coexist with King James in the City of Brotherly Love.
”There’s only one way to find out, man,” the Sixers star coyly tells us.
First off, I would absolutely take those Lakers odds, for those who partake in that kind of thing.
But back to Philadelphia. They have built a culture. They have two budding superstars. Really, compared to what LeBron is surrounded by in Cleveland, the Sixers have just about everything going for them.
Let’s let @Phila1234567 chime in on the situation.
Oh, you can’t read their tweets because they’re protected? Well, according to The Ringer’s Ben Detrick, that’s for good reason, because Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo reportedly created as many as five burner accounts on Twitter to comment on all kinds of things.
Here’s the list of topics Detrick was able to track down:
Criticize NBA players, including Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel
Publicly debate the decisions of his own coaching staff, as well as critique former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri
Telegraph the 2017 trade in which the Sixers acquired the no. 1 overall pick that would become Markelle Fultz
Disclose nonpublic medical information about Okafor and gossip about Embiid and Fultz to members of the national and Philadelphia media
If this report holds truth, Colangelo probably needs to be fired as soon as possible. LeBron will generally work with just about anyone (he’s playing for a team owned by Dan Gilbert of all people), but he does care deeply about the treatment of NBA players.
A top-level executive hopping onto social media to trash players who currently played for him or had since departed is the kind of thing the vice president of the NBA’s Players Union will not stand for.
Until Colangelo either steps down or is let go, it’s probably safe to wonder whether those odds are going to change. As evidenced above, the Lakers still have a few teams to leapfrog, but just in case, it might be time to close down any burner accounts Rob Pelinka, Magic Johnson or any other Lakers executive might have opened up.