Sixers' interest in Clippers free agent Paul George has waned in recent days, per report

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Less than a week after Philadelphia 76ers franchise player Joel Embiid sat next to free-agent-to-be Paul George on ESPN’s pre-game show and hinted that he’d like to team up with the star forward, the Sixers’ interest in signing George has “significantly waned,” according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The Sixers can enter the offseason with up to $65 million in cap space if they so choose, and, in his end-of-season press conference, team president Daryl Morey told reporters that their biggest need was “someone at the wing who can play and deliver at a high level in the playoffs.” A few days before that, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst had said that Philadelphia was expected to offer George a max contract. In “recent days,” however, Philadelphia’s focus has shifted “elsewhere,” per The Athletic.

George, who has spent the last