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Paul George: 'I was close to going to Toronto'

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PAUL GEORGE: “I was close to going to Toronto. We were deciding to go to Toronto or to Clippers. Ultimately, the Clippers put something better, a better package together, a better trade package that sent me to LA. But I was close. He was going to re-sign to Toronto, and we were going to go to Toronto. That was the origin and beginning of that story, and it was just a whirlwind of how it played out. It seems like yesterday, which is crazy.”
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Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
DeRozan’s fit in SAC, the Spurs sneaking in the deal, the Bulls…doing something, plus what Paul George’s podcast tells us about the Clippers and Sixers. New Lowe Post w/ @Herring_NBA:
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Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
New Lowe Post podcast: Paul George’s podcast revelations on his departure from LA, DeRozan to SAC, Caleb Martin, most underrated free agency moves — w/ @Herring_NBA. Then @WindhorstESPN previews a stacked Olympics field:
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Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New on @SportsCenter: After Philadelphia pulled off its year-long pursuit of a star by landing Paul George in free agency, I sat down with Joel Embiid to talk about the NBA’s newest Big 3, and how Embiid wasn’t always sure things would work out this way over the last year: pic.twitter.com/4PPc2khjPD7:40 PM

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Paul George picks Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as MVP favorite for 2024-25 season (via @The_ThunderWire):
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Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Paul George wanted to stay but said negotiations started with a “disrespectful” offer of 2 years-$60 million from the Clippers back in October. He said on his podcast he would have stayed for the 3-year, $150-million extension Kawhi got but with a no-trade espn.com/nba/story/_/id…2:59 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Paul George details ‘disrespectful’ contract negotiations with Clippers, explains why he left for 76ers
cbssports.com/nba/news/paul-…2:51 PM
Chris Biderman @TheWarriorsWire
Draymond Green believes Clippers ‘killed’ Paul George trade warriorswire.usatoday.com/2024/07/07/dra… pic.twitter.com/5tWxEoANAk1:00 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
On his podcast, Paul George calls the Clippers initial offer (two-years, $60 million) “disrespectful.” He says he would have signed exact same deal as Kawhi did midseason. And when LAC finally offered it after the season, he said he’d take it—leaving a four-year offer on the – 12:56 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Paul George details frustrations, decision to leave Clippers for 76ers. George says it was about respect, but also about money and a no-trade clause.
nbcsports.com/nba/news/paul-…12:49 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
Interesting to hear Paul George, on his pod, give his side of negotiations w/ Clippers. He said LA’s 1st offer was 2yrs/$60 mil — “disrespectful.” Then LA went to $45 mil AAV. PG said he would’ve taken Kawhi deal but LA offered too late. He asked for no-trade clause; LA said no. – 12:31 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
New ESPN story: While the 76ers pulled off their year-long plan to land a star by getting Paul George, Joel Embiid told ESPN he wasn’t always sure it’d work out.
“I’d be lying to say that patience wasn’t tested.”
Embiid on Philly’s new Big 3 and more:
espn.com/nba/story/_/id…12:02 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
📰 @TheAthletic
Paul George dishes on Clippers, Warriors, Raptors, and 76ers on @PodcastPShow
“I thought I deserved more, especially more than first initial contract. That part you can’t never overlook. Like, ‘That’s really how y’all felt?’”
nytimes.com/athletic/56240…11:55 AM
Evan Sidery @esidery
Paul George confirmed on @PodcastPShow the Warriors were his preferred destination, but a sign-and-trade agreement fell through:
“It would’ve been dope, man. I was looking forward to it, if it happened.”
Golden State viewed George as their missing piece alongside Stephen Curry. pic.twitter.com/4JnlwpRgkN11:37 AM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
It’s been more than a week since the start of free agency and the Pelicans still haven’t figured out what the future holds for Brandon Ingram.
Now that Paul George is in Philly and DeRozan in Sacramento, is New Orleans running low on trade options?
nytimes.com/athletic/56232…10:44 AM

More on this storyline

PAUL GEORGE: “I’ve been to his crib once, though, where he was there, his Toronto crib. Crazy. That house is stupid. Crazy house. I know it’s off subject, but while we’re on the subject of Drake’s house, It was stupid. He got a club in his s***, a club inside the crib. The full court basketball s*** is crazy. He got a big ass indoor pool. He got two studios. His award room was just stacked. So many awards, so many collectibles.” -via YouTube / July 9, 2024
“I want to know, did you have any conversations with Kawhi before you made the decision to leave the Clippers? When did you have that conversation, and how did it go? PAUL GEORGE: “Yeah, absolutely, absolutely. I owed Kawhi that conversation. I called him up and was just like, ‘Man, listen, you know, I think I’mma go elsewhere.’ Conversations with the Clippers didn’t go how I wanted to. I kind of broke down how I told you guys how it all played out. We had that conversation, and I was like, ‘Man, I got to do what’s best.’ He understood. He was like, ‘I mean, go get your bag. Like, P, go get your bag. I can’t even be mad at you.'” -via YouTube / July 9, 2024
PAUL GEORGE: “I thought, you know, and I look at Kawhi as one of my best friends in this league. Somebody that, you know, I f*** with. Our families love each other. So it was tough to leave him. Just with how much I enjoyed being out there with him. That was one of the big decisions, too, that weighed a lot on me. Damn, I’m leaving my boy. Leaving Kawhi. But I had to have that conversation with him. We talked, and he gave me his blessings of, ‘Man, just go do what’s best for you.'” -via YouTube / July 9, 2024

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