SIXERS HAVE ‘A REAL CHANCE’ AT FREE AGENT PAUL GEORGE, HERE’S WHY!

By Tommy Matthews

This is the offseason to end all offseasons for the Sixers.

After a decade of Processing rookies, draft picks and no-hopers, the Sixers have a real chance to add talent now to make a real title run.

Their decision to keep their cap space open with the hope of making a big splash this summer could pay off in a big way.

On the latest episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast (starts at 60:00 mark), The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor said the Sixers think they have “a real chance” to sign Paul George away from the Los Angeles Clippers.

“Well, the Sixers think there’s a real chance they end up with Paul George,” O’Connor said.

“From my understanding, talking with people around the league, they think there’s a real chance he ends up leaving. No guarantees, but there’s a chance of it.”

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium said on Tuesday’s episode of Up & Adams with Kay Adams (starts at 50:45 mark) that people around the NBA believe George wants to remain with the Clippers.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks noted the 76ers can create up to $65 million in cap space if they renounce all of their free agents except Maxey. If Maxey signs his new deal, they could add George on a max deal and still have an $8 million midlevel exception to sign another rotation player.

George’s outlook with the Clippers could also depend on how much he believes Leonard can be healthy in the postseason and if they bring back Harden.

Leonard only played in two of the six games against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round this season due to a knee injury. He has only appeared in four of the Clippers’ last 19 postseason games dating back to 2021.

George, who turned 34 on May 2, averaged 22.6 points on 41.3 percent three-point shooting and 5.2 rebounds in 74 starts this season.

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