NBA rumors suddenly include Paul George to the Philadelphia 76ers. In order to compete against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, several franchises are about to become very reactionary in the Eastern Conference. If James takes the Cavs right back to the NBA Finals again, the 76ers know that they must do something in order to emerge from an improving conference. The Boston Celtics also aren't going away, so it may be time to add veteran leadership in Philadelphia.

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Recently, there were even NBA rumors about LeBron James heading to the Philadelphia 76ers [VIDEO]. He could certainly give the team a huge boost, but a new report by the Sporting News indicates that the franchise is looking at other alternatives as well.

Among the players who the 76ers might pursue is former Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Paul George and current San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. The word former is used, as George is about to be an unrestricted free agent who can sign with a team of his choosing.

76ers have interest in making a splash

It has been confirmed, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer, that the Philadelphia 76ers have already expressed interest in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. If the 76ers could find a way to keep the core of their roster intact while adding either Leonard or George, then this would become a very formidable team during the 2018-19 NBA season. But does the franchise have something that the San Antonio Spurs would want for a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year?

If the 76ers figured out a way to keep Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, while adding an All-Star caliber player at small forward, it would make the team much more competitive in the Eastern Conference.

At that point, life for the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers would become more difficult, even if LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are still leading their respective teams. The confirmed interest by the 76ers is a reason for fans to pay close attention to these NBA rumors over the next few weeks.

An exciting NBA offseason coming this summer

There have also been a number of Boston Celtics trade rumors [VIDEO], even as the team prepares to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals. If Boston figures out a way to improve its own roster, it will raise the stakes for the Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams may have their eyes on the same prizes for the upcoming NBA offseason. That will make it very interesting indeed, especially if more than one free-agent stars decide to move from the West to the East. Fans who like player movement are definitely going to enjoy all the NBA rumors that are sure to be coming.