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Los Angeles Clippers might not be able to Re-Sign Paul George

Published March 28, 2024 at 7:11 PM
Kevin Barreau
March 28, 2024  (7:11 PM)

Negotiations for a contract extension between the LA Clippers and their star player Paul George have hit significant roadblocks, hinting at a potential deadlock. Recent reports reveal disagreements between the two sides regarding the extension's terms, setting the stage for a potentially tense standoff as the offseason approaches.

George holds the option to explore unrestricted free agency this summer if he opts out of his $48.8 million player option for the 2024-25 season with the Clippers. The team has until June 30 to secure an extension for George, having recently finalized a lucrative three-year, $149 million deal with Kawhi Leonard in January. Despite initial expectations for George's extension following Leonard's, negotiations have yet to materialize, surprising some in the NBA community with the delay.

Against the backdrop of ongoing negotiations, the Clippers' season has seen a decline in performance over the last two months. Despite a promising start that saw them leading the Western Conference standings, their form has since deteriorated, resulting in an 11-12 record since February 7. With the playoffs looming, the Clippers find themselves in a precarious position, clinging to the fourth seed while facing stiff competition from the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks.

As the NBA offseason draws closer, the uncertainty surrounding Paul George's future adds another layer of complexity to the Clippers' situation. With George potentially entering free agency, speculation grows regarding his next move. Recent reports suggest that the Clippers are hesitant to meet George's contract demands, casting doubt on his long-term tenure with the team. Should the reported impasse persist, it could signal a turbulent offseason for the Clippers, with George's contractual status taking center stage.

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The Philadelphia 76ers are closely observing George's situation with the Clippers, as per NBA insider Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report. If George hits free agency, the Sixers are poised to extend a significant offer.

Recognized as one of the NBA's premier two-way players, George boasts impressive stats this season, averaging 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks. He maintains stellar shooting percentages of 47.0% from the field, 40.9% from beyond the arc, and 89.7% from the free-throw line, while earning $45.6 million.

George joined the Clippers from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2019, alongside Leonard. However, the duo's tenure in LA has fallen short of expectations. The Clippers endured playoff disappointments, including early exits in recent years.

With a career spanning multiple teams, George, a nine-time All-Star, boasts career averages of 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.7 assists. Despite his stellar performance, he approaches his 34th birthday in May.

Source Sir Charles In Charge : NBA Rumors: Clippers, Paul George setting up a game of free-agency chicken?
Source Hoopswire : Report: Clippers May Be Unwilling To Match Paul George's Expectations For Next Contract
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Los Angeles Clippers might not be able to Re-Sign Paul George

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