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NBA Free Agency 2024 Live Updates: Deals, Trade Rumors, Rankings, Paul George, Klay Thompson Latest & LeBron James Contract

NBA Free Agency 2024 Live Updates: Deals, Trade Rumors, Rankings, Paul George, Klay Thompson Latest & LeBron James Contract

NBA Free Agency 2024 Live Updates: Deals, Trade Rumors, Rankings, Paul George, Klay Thompson Latest & LeBron James Contract

With free agency (officially) just hours away and Paul George front and center, you know what we could use right now?

A new episode of his show ‘Podcast P’

Unfortunately, it’s been six days since new content appeared on your wall. And while “Untold Stories of (the) Lob City Clippers” is certainly an intriguing topic, it’s not the most relevant right now.

To really know how the next few days will play out, you’d have to put a microphone in front of George and convince him to answer the questions that are so crucial to his decision.

Is he legitimately interested in playing in Philadelphia, or is the decision to pursue the Sixers’ option simply a way for him to gain leverage against the Clippers as he continues to seek a full four-year deal?

As a reminder, the Palmdale, California native is known to love living with his family in his home region and league sources say his relationship with the Clippers remains good despite the contract disagreement. Those two factors alone mean the Clippers shouldn’t be counted out here.

And how does George really feel about Orlando having the interest and salary room to make basketball… magical with the 34-year-old? George praised Orlando’s Paolo Banchero on a recent podcast, then ignited the team’s fan base when he added that “you have to put shooters around (Banchero).”

All of this matters far beyond George, of course, as all teams involved will want to wait for his situation to be cleared up before moving on to the next best available option. Enter Klay Thompson.

It’s honestly surreal to see the Golden State legend’s time with the Warriors come to an end this way, though it’s not all that surprising. As I reported in late February, the relationship between Thompson and Warriors owner Joe Lacob was strained for most of last season.

It’s clear that Thompson, who watched the Warriors give Draymond Green a four-year, $100 million contract last summer and received roughly half that amount in his extension offer, felt disrespected by the way his situation was handled. Lacob downplayed the depth of Thompson’s discontent when I reached out to him about it at the time, insisting the two were fine, but the events that have unfolded since only confirm the frayed state of affairs on that front.

Now, Thompson may have to wait for George to make a decision here in order to get a good idea of ​​his market. The Sixers are known to view Thompson as a possible option if they don’t land George, and the same can be said for the Clippers.

Thompson, a “shooter” if ever there was one in this game, is also expected to be in play for Orlando (although the noise connecting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to the Magic is quite loud). Meanwhile, the Mavericks and Lakers are the top options on the roster for Thompson that can allow him to make the decision for him regardless of what George dynamic comes into play.

If only we had ‘Podcast P’ online to tell us how this all ends.