3. Paul George
Is this the last chance for this Clippers roster? James Harden will become a free agent next summer after he opted into the final year of his contract. Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George could all join him on the open market if each declines their player option.
Only seven teams are projected to have cap space and the Sixers are the only franchise ready to contend immediately. It puts them atop any star free agent’s big board, but can the 76ers land a top-end talent?
George returned to California to play for the Clippers, but little went right in the first four seasons. He never played more than 56 regular season games and injuries struck at the worst possible times. The Clippers won three playoff series in four years, despite being billed as title contenders from the moment the trade was made.
Does PG13 search for a fresh start back in the Eastern Conference? He led the Pacers to the conference finals in 2013 and 2014. If he can stay healthy, George is still a star and impactful two-way player. He could help the 76ers make a run, but it would mean leaving LA. Much rides on how the Clippers perform this season. If they struggle or make a quick postseason exit, two superstars could be available.