NBA: Philadelphia 76ers/Los Angeles Clippers Trade, What it Means for Both Teams
A Woj bombed dropped in the wee hours of the morning and it certainly did not disappoint. Now it wasn’t the Woj bomb everyone has been waiting for regarding Anthony Davis. However, this one does carry news that could reshape the Eastern conference. It was a trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers. With this trade, the Sixers are making it clear their window to compete for a championship starts now.
Shortly after 2 am Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers had agreed to a trade. The Sixers sent Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, a 2020 1st rd pick, 2021 unprotected 1st rd pick via Miami, well as two 2nd rd picks in 2021 and 2023. In return, the Clippers sent Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott and soon to be coveted free agent Tobias Harris.
This trade is actually pretty even and both teams benefit from it. For the Sixers, they get a stretch 4 in Tobias Harris who is having the best season of his career. The Sixers needed more scoring and perimeter shooting and Harris fits both those needs. He is pretty much a better version of Dario Saric who Philadelphia traded away earlier this season. This also makes the Sixers a legitimate contender for a championship this year. The team is already among the best in the Eastern Conference but were still missing that piece to make them clear-cut favorites. Now with Harris and a decent Mike Scott in addition, the Sixers have possibly catapulted themselves ahead of Boston and Milwaukee and positioned themselves right along with Toronto as the favorite to come out of the east.
For the Los Angeles Clippers, it’s simple. They are gearing up for the upcoming free agency. The Clippers are among the few teams this season that can offer a free agent a max deal this summer. The Clippers are still in play to possibly trade for Anthony Davis if he isn’t moved by the trade deadline. Much like the Knicks, the Clippers traded away their best player, however, this move wasn’t part of a salary dump.
Tobias Harris will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and could potentially demand max money. Many indications pointed to Harris leaving this summer. So by trading away Harris, the Clippers are able to get some return on investment for Harris instead of getting nothing when he walks in free agency. And even if the Clippers strike out in free agency they still have an ample amount of draft picks to start rebuilding or potentially use the picks as trade bait.
Tobias going to the Sixers throws a wrench in a few teams’ plans this offseason. One of those teams being the Brooklyn Nets. Many reports had Tobias Harris being a high-value player of interest for Brooklyn as they are looking for a stretch 4 to fit the system head coach Kenny Atkinson is running. Philadelphia has already made it clear that they intend to budget and find a way to re-sign Harris. The plan is to create a core 4 of Embiid, Butler, Simmons, and Harris. As of right now, Philadelphia has made two of the biggest splashes this season. Jimmy Butler, and now Tobias Harris.
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