Paul George, NBA superstar, has signed a maximum four-year contract worth $212 million (around R$1.2 billion) with the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told ESPN on Monday. The deal reportedly includes a player option for the 2027/28 season. George will be returning to the Eastern Conference to team up with MVP center Joel Embiid and All-Star guard Tyrese Maxey in an effort to challenge the reigning NBA champions, the Boston Celtics.

George and his agent met with representatives from the 76ers in Los Angeles, including executive Peter Dinwiddie, a longtime friend of George from his days with the Indiana Pacers. This meeting followed months of unsuccessful negotiations between George and the LA Clippers regarding a new contract to stay in Southern California.

The trio of Embiid, Maxey, and George, all All-Stars last season, forms one of the most formidable trios in recent NBA history, combining explosive guard play, elite wing scoring, and dominant post presence. George, a nine-time All-Star at 34 years old, has averaged 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 steals in 263 regular-season games over the past five seasons with the Clippers.

Despite ongoing discussions with the Clippers, George ultimately decided to pursue a new opportunity with the 76ers in hopes of achieving his ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship. The Clippers released a statement on Sunday indicating George’s intention to sign with another team.

With George now set to join forces with Embiid and Maxey in Philadelphia, the Eastern Conference landscape is sure to see a shift in power dynamics, as the 76ers aim to challenge the Celtics and other top contenders for the NBA title. George’s arrival adds another star talent to a team already brimming with All-Star caliber players, setting the stage for an exciting season ahead for Philadelphia fans and NBA enthusiasts alike.