SIXERS HAVE LOST INTEREST IN FREE AGENT PAUL GEORGE, SHAMS SAYS!

By Tommy Matthews

The Sixers are losing interest in pursuing Paul George in free agency.

So says NBA seer Shams Charania:

Officially, Philadelphia and George cannot talk or negotiate yet — under the terms of the CBA he can only negotiate with his current team, the Clippers, right now while talks with the 76ers could start June 30 — but in the tampering world of the NBA the sides will have at least had some groundwork discussions at this point.

Daryl Morey is looking for a high-level wing to put between Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey, someone who can help lift the 76ers to a title.

Daryl Morey said after the season, “I would say the biggest need is… someone at the wing who can play and deliver at a high level in the playoffs.”

George said on his podcast this week that what matters most to him in free agency is not chasing a championship but “playing the right style of basketball.”

“I mean, for sure contributing to winning basketball… People are saying, ‘chasing a championship.’ Like, it’s not that. But it’s playing the right style of basketball is what I’m chasing.”

The Sixers can now focus Brandon Ingram (who is definitely available via trade) and free agent OG Anunoby from the Knicks.

While Zach LaVine is another name that has come up, sources told NBC Sports there is limited interest and no traction there.

The Clippers are known to only want to offer George, 34, three years guaranteed and he was looking for at least four. If Philly also only put three guaranteed years on the table, that could be an issue. Same with money, the Clippers offer was reportedly a little below the max and if the 76ers offer was in the same ballpark, that could give George pause.

George also said on his podcast that “players talk” about teams and organizations, and Harden has called Philadelphia GM Daryl Morey a liar and has badmouthed him publicly. Could Harden’s thoughts have influenced George?

Could another team with cap space looking for veteran wing play and shooting — hello Orlando — have jumped in the mix, and that has cooled talks with other teams?

Maybe this is all just the ebbs and flows of negotiations, maybe George and the 76ers will come back around and strike a deal.

However, more likely it seems like George and the 76ers will not be getting together this summer.

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