WITH HIS seemingly heartfelt and very well-written announcement yesterday, LeBron James is headed back home to Cleveland. In his essay, James said that he made a mistake leaving for South Beach 4 years ago but his time spent in Miami enlightened him as to how much he needed to return to Cleveland, where he spent the first 7 years of his career.
As expected, James' decision will have a trickle-down effect on many NBA teams, perhaps including the 76ers. Sitting about $30 million under the $63 million salary cap, the Sixers are in a great position to take on salaries from other teams. The benefits for the Sixers? Taking on expiring contracts that also would demand some compensation from teams for helping them out.