A business’ ploy to convince LeBron James to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency in 2018 has apparently caught the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s eye. That’ll happen when you invest thousands into literally getting your plea into the eyeline of LeBron and anyway else who drives the highways of downtown Cleveland.
The three billboards attempting to draw LeBron to Philly have come to his attention, and he’s into it.
“It is [flattering], absolutely,” LeBron told reporters at Cavaliers practice on Tuesday. “You can say it’s a distraction, but it’s not, not a distraction. It’s actually very flattering that I’m sitting at 33 in my 15th year and teams—or guys, I won’t say ‘teams’ because then it becomes tampering—but people in their respective city want me to play for them. That’s cool I think. That’s dope.”
LeBron is flattered by the billboards recruiting him to join the Sixers. pic.twitter.com/nuYHzIL61a
— ESPN (@espn) February 27, 2018
An innocuous statement to be sure, but perhaps the loudest takeaway from LeBron’s gratitude was unspoken: It wasn’t followed by his fawning over Cleveland or an expressed desire return next season—the absences of which have been getting more and more noticeable.
Hours later, LeBron proved yet again why Chester, Pennsylvania-based Power Home Remodeling would imagine their billboards to be a worthy investment, dropping a triple-double in a win over the Brooklyn Nets to become the first player in NBA history with over 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds, and 8,000 assists in his career.
— NBA (@NBA) February 28, 2018