76ers Top Offseason Target Reportedly Revealed

The Philadelphia 76ers will have an abundance of cap space this offseason and could use it on Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George.
Dec 15, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers resident of Basketball Operations
Dec 15, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers resident of Basketball Operations / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers saw their season end on Thursday night as they lost at home to the New York Knicks in six games in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

The Sixers fought hard throughout the series as they got unreal performances from Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. However, it wasn’t enough as the Knicks did the little things in the end and got outstanding performances from Jalen Brunson to send Philly home.

With the Sixers done for the 2023-24 season, the attention now turns to the offseason, which is pivotal for the Daryl Morey era. 

The only contracts the Sixers will have on the books for next season are for Paul Reed, Embiid, Maxey (qualifying offer), Ricky Council, and Jeff Dowtin (team option). Maxey is expected to get a blockbuster contract extension, but that won’t stop them from star-hunting in free agency or via trade.

If the Sixers decide to use their projected $60 million in cap space in free agency, there’s one player they have their eye on.

Sixers Rumors: Paul George At Top of Philly’s Offseason List

In an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up on Friday, NBA insider Brian Windhorst said that Los Angeles Clippers star forward Paul George is at the top of their list.

Windhorst adds that he believes Philly will give George a max offer in free agency, which is something that the Clippers have shied away from. Windhorst also brings up Jimmy Butler and Brandon Ingram as potential trade candidates for the Sixers.

The idea of the Sixers adding any combination of these players to the team next season isn’t necessarily appealing to fans. George and Butler are 34 years old and if you are Philly, do you want to tie up your cap space to two older wing players?

When it comes to George, he saw his scoring take a small dip at 22.8 points per game this season. However, the multiple-time All-Star forward shot 47.1 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from beyond the arc.

With this likely being his last big deal, it’s not shocking to see that George and his reps haven’t moved on taking less than a max. However, the Sixers aren’t the only team interested in George as the Orlando Magic are reportedly in the mix

Nonetheless, Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has to get this offseason right as the team doesn’t have to worry about the contracts of Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, and James Harden, which have hamstrung them over the last few years.

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