Paul George has yet to sign an extension with the Los Angeles Clippers which is driving speculation that the 33-year-old forward may soon end up on another team.

The nine-time NBA All-Star’s current deal has a player option for next year, but he can choose to become an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason. He is said to be angling for a maximum extension which may be the cause of delay here as Los Angeles exercises prudence given that he is now in the latter stages of his prime years.

The Clippers signified that they are not yet willing to hit the reset button though when they extended Kawhi Leonard to a three-year, $150 million deal last January. The team’s looming move to their new arena, the Intuit Dome, is likely to have been a major factor in the decision to re-sign him.


Los Angeles’ newly-acquired point guard and 10-time NBA All-Star James Harden is also due to become a free agent this coming offseason which further complicates this situation.

Allowing both George and Harden to leave the team would be a major risk for the Clippers, unless it can be guaranteed that they lure marquee free agents to take their place. Re-signing George–and Harden to a slightly lesser extent–should be a priority for Los Angeles as it gives them the best chance to maintain their contender status as they start a new chapter at the Intuit Dome.

The early results of their current “Big Three” of Leonard, George, and Harden have actually been quite encouraging as they are currently fourth in the West with a 43-25 record. Team owner Steve Ballmer has proven to be willing to spend big on this team, especially if it helps them win, which makes this situation quite odd. If they can pull off a deep postseason run this year, it should make it a no-brainer for the Clippers’ front office to commit to keeping this group together for at least one more year.

If Los Angeles decides to move on from George though, the Philadelphia 76ers have emerged as a willing landing spot for him–although he is likely to command attention from more than a handful of teams and could actually be the top free agent target this year.

The 6’8 forward is a perfect fit for Philadelphia’s current roster that is headlined by a center, reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Joel Embiid, and a point guard, newly-minted NBA All-Star Tyrese Maxey. The mix of size, shooting, playmaking, and defense that George brings to the table is exactly what the Sixers lack and could be what finally gets them over the hump.

The interest that George has garnered from a contender like Philadelphia should serve as a reminder of his value to the Clippers. The Sixers believe that he still has much that he can offer and this should embolden Los Angeles to continue this partnership with the 14-year veteran. It would be a rash decision to move on from George at the moment, even when considering the cost, and his stellar play throughout this season so far only proves that he still has a lot left in the tank.