INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James is flattered Philadelphia fans are fawning for him.
Three billboards urging James to sign with the 76ers this summer as a free agent appeared outside Cleveland on Monday. The signs were inspired by the Oscar-nominated film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” but their aim was to entice James to come to Philadelphia.
Although James hasn’t seen the billboards, which were paid for by a private Pennsylvania company, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment.
“It is actually very flattering that I’m sitting here at 33 and in my 15th year and teams or guys — I don’t want to say teams because that becomes tampering — but people in their respective city want me to play for them,” he said. “That’s cool I think. That’s dope.”
James can opt out of his contract with Cleveland following this season and the superstar can hit the free-agency market.
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