NBA players Joel Embiid, Enes Kanter make recruiting pitches to LeBron James

NBA players Joel Embiid, Enes Kanter make recruiting pitches to LeBron James
Posted at 11:57 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 23:58:40-04

CLEVELAND – Just minutes after LeBron James exited Game 4, the recruiting had begun.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid tweeted his support for James to join him in the City of Brotherly Love. He tagged James in a tweet saying he should find a new slant. Embiid's tweet had 22,000 retweets and 43,000 likes as of 11:46 p.m. Friday.

New York Knicks center Enes Kanter tweeted a photo of James in a Knicks’ uniform with #cLeaveLand.

Ugh, fans are going to be hearing a lot of that stupid hashtag.

NBA free agency officially begins July 1, but speculation is already running wild on social media as to whether James decides to leave Cleveland and what team that could be.

James took a seat on the bench at the 4:03 mark of the fourth quarter Friday night as he received a standing ovation from the Cavs fans at The Q in what could be his final game in a Cavs uniform.

Golden State swept the Cavs 4-0 in the NBA Finals with a 108-85 win Friday night. James had 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds Friday night.

James was flattered with Sixers’ fans fawning over him this past winter when three billboards that urged him to sign with Philadelphia appeared outside Cleveland in February.

But the Sixers have experienced some turmoil recently after Bryan Colangelo resigned as president of basketball operations Thursday after his wife admitted to operating Twitter accounts that criticized team members and propped up Colangelo.

Still, the prospect of playing with an emerging power in the Eastern Conference that has Ben Simmons and Embiid must be intriguing.