Joel Embiid takes to Twitter to recruit LeBron

Joel Embiid takes to Twitter to recruit LeBron
July 1, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Joel Embiid took to Twitter on Tuesday to try to recruit LeBron James to Philadelphia. (USA Today Images)

NBA free agency opened up on Tuesday, and newly-minted Sixer Joel Embiid wasted no time trying to recruit the King himself, LeBron James, to Philadelphia. 

James is on the market after opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat. The four-time league MVP and two-time NBA champion hits free agency fresh off of a finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Embiid, the 7-footer out of Kansas who has drawn comparisons to his idol, Hakeem Olajuwon, was selected by the Sixers with the third overall pick in last Thursday's NBA draft.

He took to Twitter on Tuesday to make his case to James.

Despite Embiid's efforts and wishes, James would cost a pretty penny. James is reportedly looking for the maximum contract allowed, which would be four years, $86 million for any team other than Miami, which can offer James a maximum of five years, $130 million.

Prior to Embiid's foot injury just before the draft, the Cameroon native was considered the top talent in the draft. Raw, but potentially worthy of the Olajuwon comparisons.

Unlike James, who was the can't-miss prospect of a lifetime when he was selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2004, Embiid is still working to become a complete player. He's dominant on the defensive end of the floor, like Sixers teammate Nerlens Noel. Embiid is still developing his offensive game, although he did average 11.2 points per game on better than 62 percent shooting to go along with 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game with the Jayhawks. 

Sam Hinkie has kept Sixers fans on their toes throughout his tenure as Sixers general manager. Could Embiid be splitting his first Philly cheesesteak with LeBron James?