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Report: Sixers 'doing everything' to clear cap space for LeBron James

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Apparently, Brett Brown wasn't messing around when stating that the Philadelphia 76ers are going "star hunting."

While free agency is just around the corner, it seems that the Sixers are putting together a plan to make sure they're squarely at the forefront of the LeBron James sweepstakes.

As Zack Rosenblatt of revealed, the Sixers are "doing everything they can to clear enough cap space to sign him outright to a max contract."

Bleacher Report's Timothy Rapp pointed out the info, while also breaking down the team's current cap situation a bit more in-depth. As things currently stand, if the Sixers renounce rights to J.J. Redick, Amir Johnson, Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova, and finalize deals with draft picks Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet, they'll have around $26 million in cap space.

A max deal would cost the Sixers somewhere in the ballpark of $35 million, so there's obviously work left to do to get there. The contract of veteran guard Jerryd Bayless has remained a hot-button topic this offseason, and there have already been rumblings of the team potentially trading Richaun Holmes, whose option was picked up recently.

If the Sixers can trade Bayless and part ways with Holmes, it would free up roughly $10.1 million, but moving the contract of the former may not be easy.

Realistically, Philly could get to the $35 million mark, but it'll be a tall task. And entering into talks with LeBron while offering anything less than a max deal could leave them in a tough spot, as the Los Angeles Lakers are still considered at the forefront in terms of favorites to land him.


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