Broussard: LeBron To Philly "A No-Brainer"

If James wants to compete for titles, teaming with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid isn't a bad idea

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
May 18, 2018 - 3:45 pm

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LeBron James will have a decision to make this offseason, and if the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals are any indication, he’ll have a chance to make that decision earlier than he has in any year since 2010.

That was the last time he didn't play in the NBA Finals.

With the Cavs looking older, slower, and less explosive, James might jump the Cleveland ship a second time in search of a better championship landing spot. 

If he leaves, though, where should he go?

“I think LeBron should go to Philadelphia,” Fox Sports NBA insider Chris Broussard told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I’ve been told by a person that would know that LeBron wants to play off the ball – and he’ll do it if he has a teammate who can make plays for other players. You got that in Philadelphia with Ben Simmons.”

Simmons, 21, averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds this season.

“You stay in the East, you got a Joel Embiid – I think Philly would have the formula because of their length and their size and still being versatile and being able to shoot the ball,” Broussard said. “I think they’d have the formula to maybe beat a Golden State. I think he should go there. I don’t know if he will, but I think he should.”

Zach Gelb has been on the James-to-Philly bandwagon since last season. Many people told him he was crazy. As it turns out, he wasn’t.

“I wasn’t really that high on it until I was told that LeBron wants to play off the ball,” Broussard said. “I don’t want him taking the ball out of Ben Simmons’ hands. First of all, Ben’s not a great shooter obviously – or even a good shooter. And secondly, Ben is a point guard. I think he’s a better point guard than LeBron James. He’s got stuff to learn, but he's more of a natural point guard than LeBron is, in my opinion. I thought if LeBron wanted to play his typical game the way he has throughout his career – and really throughout his life – which is to have the ball in his hands, I think that would be a tough mixture. But if he wants to play off the ball, then I think Philly is a no-brainer.”