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Charles Barkley believes there's no chance of LeBron James joining the 76ers

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The NBA rumours will go into overdrive in the coming weeks as the anticipation grows for LeBron James' impending free agency.

The superstar has a huge decision to make on his future with the Cleveland Cavaliers as he's set to hit the open market on July 1.

After suffering a humiliating Finals sweep against the Golden State Warriors, many believe the 33-year-old has played his last game for the Cavs.

He has been linked with moves to the likes of the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers.

The four-time MVP is expected to hold meetings with several teams before making a final decision.

Of the aforementioned teams, the 76ers will be an intriguing destination for the three-time champion as they possess one of the most talented young teams in the Eastern Conference.

The future is bright

Playing alongside two young stars like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons could be appealing to LeBron as he looks for his best possible opportunity to challenge the Warriors for a championship.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

But according to Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who spent eight seasons with the Sixers, there's no way that King James will join Philly.

"He's not coming to the Sixers," Barkley said on The Mike Missanelli Show. "He's not coming to the Sixers because he needs the ball, Simmons needs the ball and Embiid needs the ball. That would make Simmons useless.

"He's not going to give the ball up at this stage of his career. He's not a great shooter, so you can't play him off the ball. I guarantee you [defenders] would let him shoot threes all night. Guys would love him to shoot threes. … It would hurt Embiid and Simmons going forward."

Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics

The popular TNT analyst is never afraid to speak his mind and he didn't mince his words on this occasion too.

Not a perfect fit

But Barkley's comments were not really controversial as he makes some valid basketball points about how he'll fit with the youngsters in Philadelphia.

Simmons - who has been likened to James for his style of play - is the point guard of the team and dominates the ball.

Without a jump shot, he would be limited playing off the ball alongside LeBron.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

Having a lack of shooting on the floor would also hurt the King as he's at his best when he's drawing defenders and finding open shooters.

But another argument would be that the trio would be able to figure a way to play together as they possess that much talent.

It's certainly an interesting option for the Cavs superstar to consider as he nears decision time.

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Topics:
Ben Simmons
Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers
Cleveland Cavaliers
Eastern Conference
LeBron James
NBA

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