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Victor Oladipo and Joel Embiid send recruitment pitches to LeBron James

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At some point in the next two days, NBA fans will discover if LeBron James will be staying at the Cleveland Cavaliers for another season, or opting out of his current deal and become an unrestricted free agent.

If LeBron does opt out of his current, several teams are rumoured to be in the hunt for his signature including the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, and the Cavaliers themselves on a new deal.

Another team that could be interested in signing the King is the Indiana Pacers, especially if Victor Oladipo has his way.

If you want to win, come to Indy

The Pacers star, who won the Most Improved Player honor at the NBA Awards on Monday night, has already started to try and find ways to improve his own team. One way he's discovered is trying to recruit the Cavs icon.

Oladipo sent a simple message to LeBron, saying according to TMZ Sports: “If you want to win, come to Indy.”

Cleveland Cavaliers v Indiana Pacers

Oladipo isn't the only one trying to recruit LeBron to their team, as Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers wants the King to come to his franchise as well.

Trust the Process

Embiid told Sam Amick of USA Today: "The process worked out pretty well, we got 50 wins last year, we got a lot of talented players on the team. We feel like adding another piece of his caliber is going to help us.

“He’s the best player in the league at this moment, so I think he takes us to another level, which is important because at the end of the day, I want to be a champion. I want to do it myself.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ers

"I want to have a lot to do with winning a championship or bringing a championship back to the city of Philadelphia."

LeBron would help both Indiana and Philadelphia become more dangerous teams in the Eastern Conference, but they will both face stiff competition for his signature if he hits free agency this summer.

Both the Pacers and the Sixers will get a better idea on if they have a chance of signing James this summer later this week when the deadline of June 29 approaches for him to opt in or out of his current Cavs deal.

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Victor Oladipo
Joel Embiid
Indiana Pacers
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