By Tommy Matthews

The Sixers are “a significant threat to lure” 34-year-old Paul George away from the Clippers in free agency, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on SportsCenter.

Shams Charania agrees

George declined a $48.7 million player option and opted out of his contract on Saturday.

He will enter free agency and plans to meet with the Clippers, Sixers and Magic “beginning late [Sunday] and into Monday,” Woj said.

“He and the Clippers have been negotiating for a year, they haven’t gotten there on a deal,” Woj added.

In January, the Clippers signed Kawhi Leonard to a three-year, $153,000,000 extension with an average annual salary of $49,883,333. Leonard was eligible for a four-year extension worth up to an estimated $223 million.

“The Clippers want to do the same kind of deal with Paul George,” Woj said, adding they “do not want to do a fourth year on a Paul George deal.”

The Sixers and Magic have a “willingness to go to a fourth year,” making those options “very attractive destinations to him.”

The Sixers can reportedly generate up to nearly $65 million in cap room, enabling them to sign George to partner with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey. ESPN’s Bobby Marks said the Sixers could sign George to a four-year, $212-million max deal without making a trade.

By signing George at $49.5 million for next season, the Sixers would still have $14.2 million in projected cap room.

“Philadelphia, that’s the team to keep an eye on,” Marks said Sunday.

The nine-time All-Star averaged 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 74 games with the Clippers this past season.

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