Early in the wee hours of Wednesday, the Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade Tobias Harris to Philadelphia in exchange for a heap of assets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The six-player trade will send Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, the Sixers’ 2020 first-round pick, the Heat’s 2021 first-round pick, and the Sixers’ 2021 and 2023 second-round picks to the Clippers. The Sixers will receive Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott.
And just like that, the Sixers are now the team to beat in the East.
With a projected line up featuring Ben Simmons, J.J Redick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia outfit is poised to be heavy contenders in their conference.
Harris has been playing the best season of his career so far, averaging 20 points and eight rebounds while shooting 43% from deep.
The Clippers are looking towards opening up cap space for free agency where several high profile free agents such as Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard, has publicly admitted the Los Angeles franchise as one of their preferred destination. Expiring contracts from Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Klay Thompson have made this summer an absolute fracas for teams vying for their signature.
With this trade, Philadelphia bolsters up on their weakest stat – three-point shooting, where they average 35%. Mike Scott shoots at 38% and Harris’s 43% looks to spread the floor significantly, especially after the departure of Robert Covington and Dario Saric.
According to reports, the Sixers have plans to re-sign both Harris and Butler, who are set to become free agents this summer, while keeping the core of young talents. Butler will be 30, Harris, 27, Embiid, 25, and Simmons, 23 next season. This team should look for the future but the depth of the team remains an issue, unless playoffs time comes where rotation for minutes are slashed drastically.
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