The Los Angeles Clippers have been out of the NBA playoffs for over a month, falling at the hands of Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. This week, however, Clippers star Paul George is expected to be on hand when the Mavs take on the Boston Celtics in the 2024 NBA Finals.

ESPN announced on Tuesday afternoon that Paul George of the LA Clippers will be serving as a guest analyst on its NBA Countdown shows for Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals. In Games 1 and 2, ESPN had New York Knicks forward Josh Hart as the guest analyst on site at TD Garden. George will be in attendance and on site for Games 3 and 4 at Dallas' American Airlines Center.

This will be George's first time in studio covering the NBA as a player-guest analyst. Over the last year, Paul George has started his own podcast called, ‘Podcast P,' with a number of celebrity guest appearances. In doing so, he's potentially setting himself up for a career in sports media once his NBA playing career is over.

George, 34 years of age, just finished his 14th season in the NBA. He averaged 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. In his first season alongside star guard James Harden, George shot career-highs from the field (47.1 percent), from three (41.3 percent), and from the free throw line (90.7 percent).

During the regular season, Paul George and the Clippers split their regular season series with the Boston Celtics, 1-1, while winning their regular season series against the Dallas Mavericks, 2-1.

Despite the strong season, the Clippers flamed out in the first round once again due to the knee injury that ailed Kawhi Leonard in the month of June. He suffered from knee inflammation in early April and it never subsided enough for him to be able to do all the necessary things to play basketball at a playoff level.

Leonard attempted to return to the basketball court in Games 3 and 4 of the first round series against the Mavericks, but was clearly not even 80 percent of himself and was ultimately shut down by the Clippers front office and medical staff.

Paul George has a $48.8 million player option to decide on by late this month. He's not expected to opt into the deal and is seeking a long-term contract, one that will likely be his last. He and the Clippers had been in talks on an extension during the season, but the organization has made it clear they have a line they're not willing to cross with him.

Kawhi Leonard signed a three-year, $151 million extension earlier this season in January, and George was expected to follow suit.

George is eligible for a four-year, $220 million extension with the Clippers. With Leonard being viewed as the better player, however, the Clippers have been unwilling to extend George in a deal that surpasses Leonard's deal in terms of the dollar amount or the years, sources tell ClutchPoints. That was the case last month when the Clippers were eliminated and that remains the case with just three weeks left until free agency is set to begin.

The Celtics currently lead the NBA Finals against the Mavericks, 2-0. Boston won both games at home, and now Dallas is hoping to do the same and extend the series. Kristaps Porzingis is considered, ‘Questionable,' and day-to-day after suffering a torn medial retinaculum, which allows for potential dislocation of the posterior tibialis tendon in his left leg.

Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals will tip off at 8:30PM EST on ABC. A Celtics win on Wednesday night would give them a 3-0 series lead, a deficit that no team in NBA history has ever come back from.