Paul George agrees to 4-year, $212M deal with 76ers, sources say

Free agent forward Paul George has agreed to a four-year, $212 million max contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told ESPN on Monday morning.

George's deal — which sources say also includes a player option for the final season in 2027-28 — returns him to the Eastern Conference to partner with MVP center Joel Embiid and All-Star guard Tyrese Maxey in a bid to take on the NBA champion Boston Celtics.

George and his agent, CAA's Aaron Mintz, met with the 76ers contingent in Los Angeles, including owner Josh Harris, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, general manager Elton Brand and Sixers legend Julius Erving, sources said. The Sixers also brought along front office executive Peter Dinwiddie, a familiar face and friend of George's from his years with the Indiana Pacers, sources said.

The meeting comes after months of failed negotiations with the Los Angeles Clippers over a deal to remain in his Southern California home.

Embiid, Maxi and George were All-Stars last season and form one of the strongest Big Threes in recent NBA history — with the ideal roster balance between an explosive lead guard like Maxi, an elite two-way wing player like George and a dominant player like Embiid.

George, a 34-year-old nine-time All-Star, spent the past five seasons with the Clippers and averaged 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 263 regular-season games with Los Angeles.

But now George, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017 then to the Clippers two years later as part of LA's move to sign Kawhi Leonard as a free agent, has moved on. The Clippers and George have been talking about a potential deal for months but never got close to agreeing. George wanted four years on a new deal, and the Clippers offered three years, sources said.

The Clippers released a statement Sunday saying George had informed them he plans to sign with another team.

“Paul is a tremendous talent and a great two-way player. We feel fortunate to have had him for five years,” the Clippers said. “During that span, he went to three All-Star Games, made the most 3-pointers in franchise history and helped the team get to a point it had never reached before. His performances in Games 5 and 6 against Utah in 2021 will not be forgotten by anyone associated with the Clippers.

“We did a lot to pair Paul and Kawhi [Leonard]And in return, we struggled for five seasons. Even though we fell short of our ultimate goal, we appreciate the opportunities we got with Paul.”

Now George will be hoping to achieve his ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship by joining Embiid and Maxi in Philadelphia. George's arrival could give the Sixers the strength to compete with the Celtics in the East.

A key development for George came late Sunday night: the Sixers' two-year, $16.3 million deal with shooting guard Kelly Oubre Jr. The 76ers also reached agreement with veteran guard Eric Gordon and center Andre Drummond on Sunday, sources said.

George has become one of the NBA’s premier wing players since being selected 10th overall by the Pacers in 2010 — even while recovering from a gruesome leg injury he suffered before the 2014 FIBA ​​World Cup.

George is one of eight players to have made it to at least nine All-Star teams since entering the league, joining LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis. He is also a six-time All-NBA selection, including a first-team selection in 2019.

After missing most of the 2014-15 season, George has reestablished himself as one of the top two-way perimeter players in the league, and he averaged 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists last season.

ESPN's Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.

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