Clippers’ Paul George Declines His Player Option, Will Become a Free Agent

Paul George with Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018
Paul George with Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9366774al)

The Los Angeles Clippers’ All-Star Paul George reportedly declined his player option for the 2024-25 NBA season and will become a free agent.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, George now plans to meet with the Clippers to discuss a new long-term deal as well as with other teams that have cap space to sign him to a max contract. 

The Clippers and George were previously engaged in extension negotiations but couldn’t come to agreement. The franchise is still committed to keeping him in Los Angeles, although the chances of that happening are now likely slimmer. The Clippers can still give George the most money ($221 million over four years) but the previous breakdown in negotiations indicates that the organization isn’t willing to go that far.

One of the teams that have been most frequently mentioned as a suitor for George if he enters the free agency is the Philadelphia 76ers. They have an NBA MVP winner in Joel Embiid and a budding star in guard Tyrese Maxey, and adding a star-caliber player like George would immediately make them into one of the best teams in the league. Another option is the Orlando Magic, who could use a veteran star to pair with their promising young core.

Paul George is coming off a strong campaign in 2023-24. He played 74 regular season games, his most since 2018-19 while averaging 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. George also shot a career-best 47.1% from the floor and 41.3% from behind the arc.

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