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Joel Embiid ‘looking forward’ to helping recruit free agents to 76ers

Fresh off being eliminated by the Boston Celtics in a gentleman’s sweep, the Philadelphia 76ers’ offseason now looms. In the wake of the “Process” era coming to fruition, this offseason will be the first year Philly is looked at as a contender after finishing third in the Eastern Conference.

With the Sixers boasting primarily young talent, the team has the eighth-highest amount of cap space in the NBA. As a result, Philly has been rumored to be a potential big player the LeBron James sweepstakes, not to mention possibly being in the hunt for Paul George.

With all the uncertainty and a lot of cap space, it could be a very eventful offseason in the City of Brotherly Love. Sixers big man Joel Embiid is ready to play a role in that process.

“As long as it’s the right fit, guys that get called three-and-D players, guys that can create their own shot and shoot the three and then also at the other end, draw the best player or be a beast defensively, I think that’s what you have to be looking for,” Embiid said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I think anybody can help. I don’t know who they’re going to add or who they’re going to go after. Whoever they go after, hopefully they come and they’re ready to win a championship.”

Players like James and George fit that description perfectly. Both players can create their own shots and defend the wing effectively in what is becoming a guard-dominated league. It still remains to be seen whether or not LeBron and George team up. Rumors have been circulating for the past year about the two superstars potentially ending up with another team on the other side of the country.

That said, even 76ers head coach Brett Brown more or less confirmed — without explicitly stating as much — that the team will make a run at the King should he exercise his player option, as expected. And it’s been made clear that James and the young superstars on the Sixers are part of a mutual admiration society.