PAUL GEORGE COULD EAT UP MOST OF SIXERS $65M CAP SPACE!

By Tommy Matthews

Here’s the Sixers’ salary cap situation:

Taking into account Joel Embiid’s salary, Tyrese Maxey’s cap hold, the cap hold for the No. 16 overall pick and rookie-minimum cap holds for nine empty roster spots, the Sixers could generate up to about $62 million in cap room.

That figure relies on them renouncing all of their current free agents and waiving players on non-guaranteed salaries (including Paul Reed), and it could rise to nearly $65 million if they away their draft pick.

The club will be able to go over the cap to re-sign Maxey to a maximum-salary contract after it uses up its room.

Sixty-five million sounds like a lot, but it would disappear quickly with a major move or two.

The Sixers’ top target is reportedly Paul George, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he doesn’t reach an extension agreement with the Clippers and turns down his 2024-25 player option.

It’s unclear how viable a move to Philly is for George – he may just be using the 76ers for leverage purposes to get the deal he wants in Los Angeles – but if they hope to lure him away from his hometown, the Sixers would have to offer the star forward a maximum-salary contract that would start at a projected $49.35MM.

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