The Los Angeles Clippers traded Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers in a multi-player trade. The 76ers also received Boban Marjanović and Mike Scott from the Clippers. The Clippers received Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and Landry Shamet from the 76ers. The Clippers will also receive a 2020 first-round pick, an unprotected first-round pick in 2021 from the Miami Heat, and second-round picks in 2021 and 2023 from the Detroit Pistons. Harris was averaging a career-high 20.9 points along with 7.9 rebounds a game.
In my opinion, I think Harris should have been selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game and he was a player that a lot of people said was snubbed from the game. He was the Clippers best player and the Sixers traded a lot to get him. Harris is also shooting 47.9% from the field and 43.4% from the three, both career-highs. The Sixers will have a starting lineup of Joel Embiid, Harris, Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick and Ben Simmons.
The Sixers should have the best starting lineup in the East and they have four players in their starting lineup averaging 17 points or more a game. Harris and Butler are free agents this offseason and the Sixers are expected to resign both of them. The Sixers are trying to win now and definitely make it to the NBA Finals. Short term the Sixers won this trade and Boban gives the Sixers a legitimate backup center.
The Clippers are creating cap space for the 2019 free agents coming up this Summer and won this trade long term. They can also draft good players or use those draft picks to acquire a superstar player via trade. The Clippers traded Harris instead of paying him a max contract or losing him in free agency. If Harris doesn’t resign with the Sixers, this would be a bad trade without a NBA title. If Harris and Butler resigns next season, the Sixers have a young core that will probably be contenders for the next few years.