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Philadelphia 76ers Eyeing Clippers’ Paul George – Reports

Keith Pompey of Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Philadelphia sixers have their sights set on Paul George, a key member of the Clippers’ lineup, for the upcoming offseason if he opts out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers for the 2024-25 season, which is valued at $48.8 million.

George has the opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent if he declines this option. Despite his tenure with the Clippers since 2019, George hasn’t inked a contract extension yet, indicating that such a deal might not materialize this season.

While it’s still plausible that George will stick with the Clippers beyond this season, it seems more likely that his future will be addressed during the offseason rather than before then.

“Yes, the Sixers have plenty of room to make a significant move,” Pompey wrote. “And they intend to do just that. Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George is expected to be their top target if declines his $48.8 million player option with L.A. for next season.”

The Clippers are under pressure to secure George’s extension by June 30, especially after finalizing a lucrative three-year, $149 million deal with Kawhi Leonard in January.

George’s current season statistics underscore his value, with averages of 22.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks, coupled with impressive shooting percentages of 47.0% from the field, 41.2% from beyond the arc, and 90.7% from the free-throw line, all while commanding a salary of $45.6 million.

The looming question remains: If the Clippers fail to make a deep playoff run in 2024, will owner Steve Ballmer be willing to continue investing in George? This uncertainty is magnified by the fact that the Clippers have never reached the NBA Finals in their franchise history, despite the acquisitions of George and Leonard in 2019.

On the other hand, if the Sixers manage to sign George, they would boast a formidable “Big 3” alongside Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.

George’s career averages of 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks, amassed during his stints with the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Clippers, highlight his consistent excellence, despite nearing his 34th birthday in May.

According to Pompey’s reports, there’s skepticism surrounding the Clippers’ willingness to meet George’s contract expectations for his next deal.

Despite widespread anticipation within the NBA community for George to receive an extension following Leonard’s contract, such an agreement has yet to materialize, leaving uncertainties about George’s future in Los Angeles.

“He’s also eligible to sign an extension this season, but the two sides haven’t reached an agreement,” Pompey added. “The belief is that Los Angeles isn’t willing to match Paul George’s expectations for his next contract. Reports have circulated suggesting the Clippers’ offer is less than Leonard’s three-year, $149.7 million extension.”

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