Embiid tweets photo w/ LeBron saying 'Summer 2018 goals'
NBA.com Global on Mar 03, 2018 08:13 AM
FILE - PHILADELPHIA,PA - NOVEMBER 1 : Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers gives high-fives to fans after the win against the Atlanta Hawks at Wells Fargo Center on October 25,2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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One billboard in Cleveland on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) read hashtag "PhillyWantsLeBron." Joel Embiid confirmed such desires on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) with a hashtag of his own.
After the Sixers beat the Cavaliers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), Embiid posted a photo of him and LeBron James with "Summer2018Goals" in the caption.
"Trust The Process??? Always a great time playing against one of the best to ever play the game #summer2018goals," the post read.
James is set to be a free agent on July 1 when he can either re-sign with Cleveland or take his talents to another team. Some suggest the Sixers have risen as a candidate to land the 14-time All-Star with reports claiming James was recently visiting private schools for his kids in Philadelphia, which he denied.
It’s not what y’all think lol— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) March 2, 2018
Embiid, who finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in the win, later tweeted "it's not what y'all think lol."
James also took to Instagram after the game to praise rookie Ben Simmons, who he shares an agent with. James also offered up some words of encouragement for Embiid. Here's what that post read:
"I told y’all a while back that my young King was next in line! Getting better and better every night out! Tonight another example of that. Fun to watch and compete against you again and #[email protected] Remember lil bro settle for nothing less than GREATNESS!!! @bensimmons"
Per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin, Simmons and James went out of their way to praise each other after the game:
"I know he's a great, competitive player and I'm the same way," Simmons said. "Playing against him, obviously one of the best to play the game, so it's a great vibe out there." James was asked what matchup problems the 6-foot-10, 230-pound Simmons presents when he lines up at point guard.
"The same one I bring," James said. "Power, speed, quickness, size, court awareness. Same one I bring."
And if it's worth anything, Embiid just earned himself a follow from The King on Instagram, too.