Report: Sixers Acquire Tobias Harris
The Philadelphia 76ers have made their second blockbuster trade of the season. Just a few short months after adding Jimmy Butler to the fold, general manager Elton Brand has reportedly pulled the trigger on a deal with the Clippers to acquire Tobias Harris. Getting Harris came at a steep price, but makes the Sixers an even more serious contender in the East.
Philadelphia gets Harris in addition to big man Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott.
The Clippers receive Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, Philadelphia's 2020 first-round pick (protected) and an unprotected 2021 first-round pick via the Miami Heat. The Sixers will also send 2021 and 2023 second-round picks to the Clippers via the Pistons.
On the surface, this deal makes the Sixers starting lineup even better than it already was. Meanwhile, depth remains an issue. You have to imagine Elton Brand has more planned to sure up the bench before the deadline on Thursday.
This deal is very high-risk, high-reward for the Sixers. Harris adds a phenomenal offensive punch to the starting five, no question about it. Like Butler though, his contract ends at the conclusion of the season. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers plan to be aggressive in re-signing him to an extension this summer. While that is all good and well, there's still a chance Butler and Harris could walk in free agency. That would leave the Sixers with a lot of cap room, but put them back at square one with regard to building around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Harris, 26, is in the midst of his best season in the NBA. In 55 games, he's averaging 20.9 points and 7.9 rebounds, shooting 49.6 percent from the floor and 43.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Marjanovic, 30, has appeared in 35 games for the Clippers this season. He's posting averages of 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. Boban is 7-foot-3 and should give the Sixers good post presence behind Embiid.
Scott, 30, was averaging 14.4 minutes for the Clippers, putting up 4.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Aside from the first-round picks sent to L.A., the Sixers lose a pretty big piece in rookie Landry Shamet. The former Wichita State product emerged as a draft steal for the Sixers. The 21-year-old sharp-shooter was averaging 8.3 points per game, shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Mike Muscala heads to L.A. after a disappointing tenure in Philadelphia. He averaged 7.4 points on a career-worst 39.2 percent shooting.
Wilson Chandler's time in Philadelphia was marred by injury for the most part. He had been playing well before injuring his quadriceps against the Warriors. Overall, Chandler was averaging 6.7 points on 44 percent shooting while putting up a 39 percent mark from three-point territory.