The Philadelphia 76ers just finalised a blockbuster trade, to create the NBA’s newest super team.
According to multiple reports, the Los Angeles Clippers will send a package centered around Tobias Harris to Philadelphia, in exchange for a series of young players, veterans, and draft picks.
Here is the crux of the trade:
76ers get: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott
Clippers get: Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, a 202 first-round pick, a 2021 unprotected first-round pick (via MIA), a 2021 second-round pick, and 2023 second-round pick.
The trade is essentially a win for both teams. For Philly, they are in an immediate power position with the acquisition of Harris, who comes in as the power forward they are have been long searching for.
76er’s head coach Brett Brown tried a mixture of Chandler, Muscala, and Jonah Bolden at that four-spot, but never found a reliable option.
Over the 2019-19 season, Harris is averaging just over 20 points a game, alongside 7.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
He is also shooting at 43.4 percent from down town, hitting a game winning shot to beat the Hornets (117-115) in his final game with the Clippers yesterday.
The 6’9 forward will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but, according to ESPN, the 76ers have a desire to re-sign him, as well as Jimmy Butler, who’ll also be a free agent in the Summer.
The 76ers are now in a position to roll out a starting lineup of Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid; on paper, one of the best in the NBA.
Scott comes in as a relatively reliable shooter – shooting just over 39 percent from downtown on the season – while Marjanovic has shown to provide an effective spark in his limited minutes.
The Clippers are clearly focused on their off-season, and future, with this stock-piling of young player and draft picks. Shamet proved himself to be a reliable shooter off the 76ers bench, while the Miami first-rounder was extremely coveted.
the likelihood is that the 76ers aren’t done in the trade and buyout market, with Brown’s team still in need of more shooting around Simmons and Embiid.