Sixers Prepared To Make Blockbuster Offer for Prized Free Agent

The Sixers could offer All-Star forward Paul George a max contract, which he's yet to receive from the Los Angeles Clippers.
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With Los Angeles Clippers star forward Paul George officially opting out of the final year of his deal on Saturday, it now opens up the idea of George playing elsewhere this upcoming season and the remainder of his career.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that George plans to take free-agent meetings with the Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Orlando Magic beginning late Sunday night and Monday on the West Coast.

It doesn’t come as a shock to see the Sixers and Magic in the mix for the star forward as they’ve been the only two Eastern Conference teams rumored to be interested in George if he opted out of his contract with the Clippers.

Wojnarowski provided more information about George’s future on SportsCenter on Sunday. The NBA insider said George wants the fourth year on his contract, but the Clippers have not offered it.

However, Wojnarowski adds that the Sixers and Magic could offer the 34-year-old George that fourth year and Philly sees “Paul George as the player that can help them get through the Celtics.”

If the Sixers want to give George that fourth year he covets, his projected contract could be up to $212 million. At the same time, the Clippers could supersede that amount by giving George a four-year, $221 million.

But as we know by now, Los Angeles hasn’t been willing to go that far, leaving George to go into free agency to find that huge payday. Philly is projected to have $58.3 million in cap space, per Spotrac, which is enough room to add George.

If the Sixers were to land the multiple-time All-Star it would put them in the conversation to win the Eastern Conference next season, as they have the fourth-best odds (+700) on FanDuel Sportsbook. He would give them another star who is a three-level scorer and the perfect complement to Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.

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