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Clippers Star Expected to Meet with Sixers and Several Teams in Free Agency

Clippers Star Expected to Meet with Sixers and Several Teams in Free Agency
Clippers Star Expected to Meet with Sixers and Several Teams in Free Agency

The Paul George Sweepstakes is heating up.

On Saturday night, the LA Clippers star opted to decline his player option for the 2024-2025 NBA season, showing there is a chance his time in Los Angeles could end this summer.

According to him, the Philadelphia 76ers will have the opportunity to make a pitch for the Star Wing ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

When free agency opens this weekend, George is expected to meet with the Clippers. He is also expected to entertain the Sixers and their Eastern Conference rival, the Orlando Magic.

The Sixers and Magic have been viewed as potential George suitors since the start of free agency. Considering they have max cap space for a max deal and an intriguing situation for the championship-hungry wing, the Sixers have what George is looking for.

But the Clippers certainly can’t be ruled out. While several reports have suggested that the Clippers have been unwilling to meet Paul’s asking price, perhaps the thought of losing him to another contender will force the Clippers to cave and meet their desired asking price.

Still, the Sixers shouldn’t be ruled out as leverage.

Despite a lot of turnover on last year’s roster, the Sixers duo of Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey have developed into one of the league’s top cores. The Sixers are now on the hunt for a George-caliber player, hoping it can help them move into championship contention.

Like Embiid and Maxey, George has not won an NBA title. He has had 11 playoff runs, with 114 postseason games of experience. In the playoffs, the All-Star scorer has averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists on 35 percent shooting from long range.

It’s unclear where George’s head is at, but it appears the Sixers are a top three finalist in his market, which is a positive sign after things got hazy last week.