Philadelphia 76ers Land Paul George in Free Agency, Extend Tyrese Maxey

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 Philadelphia 76ers had an eventful start to the NBA’s free agency. They landed star free agent Paul George while also inking their All-Star point guard Tyrese Maxey to a long-term extension.

The 76ers entered the offseason with an abundance of cap space and didn’t waste any time to maximize it. Their first order of business was to land George, who was arguably the biggest name on the market aside from LeBron James.

While George had a discussion to return to the Los Angeles Clippers and discussed a deal with the Orlando Magic, he ended up choosing Philly’s max offer of four-year, $212 million. The determining factor for George was reportedly the length of the deal and the opportunity to pursue an NBA championship alongside Joel Embiid and Maxey.

After landing George, the 76ers moved quickly to lock Maxey into a long-term extension. Maxey ended up agreeing to a five-year, $204 million maximum contract. The agreement will become official once the free agency signing moratorium ends on Saturday.

Maxey is coming off his best season as a pro, averaging 25.9 points and 6.2 assists per game in 2023-24. He earned his first career All-Star nod while also winning the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.

Besides landing George and extending Maxey, the 76ers made several other roster moves to complement their new Big 3. This included re-signing center Andre Drummond and forward Kelly Oubre Jr. while also bringing in veteran guard Eric Gordon.

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