Joel Embiid's Subtle Message to Paul George About Joining 76ers

Could Paul George leave the LA Clippers for the Philadelphia 76ers?
Jan 17, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is fouled by LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) in the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) is fouled by LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) in the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It is no secret that the Philadelphia 76ers have a max contract offer waiting for LA Clippers star Paul George if he opts out of his contract. George has been rumored to be Philadelphia's main priority in free agency for several months now, and there is no reason to believe that has changed.

Appearing on ESPN's NBA Finals pregame show, George was joined by 76ers star Joel Embiid, who sent a subtle message to the star forward when speaking about the additions Philadelphia will hopefully make to their roster this summer.

The 76ers will have the cap space to offer George a max deal in free agency, which is something the Clippers have reportedly been unwilling to do in their extension talks. It remains to be seen whether or not the Clippers budge from their current stance in order to avoid losing George for nothing. Perhaps the organization feels the LA-native will not leave home over the difference between their offer and Philadelphia's, but that also remains to be seen.

For now, it seems the 76ers are a real threat to lure George from the Clippers, especially if LA stands firm on their unwillingness to max the 34-year-old who is coming off a postseason where averaged 19.5 PPG on 41.1% from the field in a first round exit.

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Joey Linn

JOEY LINN

Joey Linn is a credentialed writer covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated's FanNation. Covering the LA Clippers independently in 2018, then for Fansided and 213Hoops from 2019-2021, Joey joined Sports Illustrated's FanNation to cover the Clippers after the 2020-21 season. Graduating from Biola University in 2022 with a Communication Studies degree, Joey served as Biola's play-by-play announcer for their basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer teams during his time in school. Joey's work on Biola's broadcasts, combined with his excellence in the classroom, earned him the Outstanding Communication Studies Student of the year award in 2022. Joey covers the NBA full-time across multiple platforms, primarily serving as a credentialed Clippers beat writer.