Joel Embiid has yet to play a single game in the NBA, and he might not until next season, but he already has the chutzpah of a seasoned veteran. On Tuesday, when free agency period opened, Embiid tweeted at LeBron asking the King to join him in Philadelphia.

Yesterday, he checked back in.


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While Embiid is doing all of this in a rather tongue-in-cheek manner, joining in on what is a league-wide obsession to get the attention of the best player in the world, from a financial standpoint, the Philadelphia 76ers actually do have the cap space to offer a max contract to any free agent.

In reality though, the Sixers are not making any kind of push to upgrade their team this summer. With two first round picks at this year’s draft, they ended up with Embiid and European prospect Dario Saric, who is not expected to come to the NBA for at least two more seasons.

General manager Sam Hinkie is committed to a full rebuild in Philadelphia, and accumulating assets where he can. But, hey, don’t let that stop Embiid from at least tossing his team into the chase, no matter how unrealistic that may be.

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