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Analyzing Tobias Harris to Philadelphia 76ers Trade

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 27:  Tobias Harris #34 of the LA Clippers handles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 27, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Adrian Wojnarowski has no sleep schedule around the trade deadline as he dropped a tweet at 2:17AM EST that the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers agreed to a six-player deal. It was the first real blockbuster deal of the trade deadline season that concludes Thursday at 3:00PM EST. This trade is interesting on both sides, and seems to help both of their franchises with the direction that they are going in.

Clippers Receive:

Wilson Chandler: Chandler is currently injured with a strained quad but had been starting for the 76ers for part of the year. He has been a pleasant surprise on the defensive end and been shooting 44% and 39% from behind the three point line. His 4 year $46.5 million contract expires at the end of the season.

Landry Shamet: Shamet was taken at the end of the 1st round in the 2018 draft and has been a pleasant surprise. Often being the first one off the bench for the Sixers, Shamet averaged just over 20 minutes a game, just over 8 points and a solid 40% from beyond the arc. The Clips add a streaky shooter on a reasonable rookie contract with some upside.

Mike Muscala: Muscala has been extremely up and down throughout his career, and that didn’t change in his 47 games on the 76ers. A typical stretch four, he averaged 7.4 points on 39% shooting and 34% from deep. His contact expires at the end of the season, as well.

2020 76ers 1st Round Pick (Lottery Protected): With the 76ers moving in the upwards direction, it seems that the Clippers will hold onto this pick.

2021 Heat 1st Round Pick: Here is where things get interesting. The 76ers got this pick in the 2018 draft when they traded to get Zhaire Smith along with this future selection. With it being unprotected, the Clippers add another asset.

2021 76ers 2nd Round Pick

2023 76ers 2nd Round Pick

 

76ers Receive:

Tobias Harris: The centerpiece of the deal is 7th year forward from Tennessee. Harris has had a fantastic season averaging just under 21 points and 8 rebounds, along with a career high 43.4% from three point land. Despite Harris being a free agent after this season, Wojnarowski reported that the 76ers are looking to resign him once the season is complete and have a core of Ben Simmons-Jimmy Butler-Harris-Joel Embiid.

Boban Marjanovic: The 7 foot 3 inch gentle giant is an interesting part of the trade. The 76ers were in desperate need of a backup center, and Boban could be that guy. He only averaged 11 minutes of time on the Clippers, but was stuck behind guys like Montrezl Harrell, Marcin Gortat and others. With the 76ers bench still weak, Boban should have an increased role. His 3 year $21 million contract expires at the end of the season.

Mike Scott: Scott will be headed to his 4th team in 7 seasons in this deal. The veteran from Virginia has averaged just under 5 points in 15 minutes per game on the Clippers. He’s a veteran that should add some toughness off of the bench.

 

Clippers’ Outlook: The Clippers trade away their best player, but gain assets that they can use during free agency. They will be in play for players like Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson and more and now have all of the cap space to land a star.

76ers’ Outlook: The 76ers are going all-in with a starting lineup of now Simmons/Redick/Butler/Harris/Embiid. However, with three of those five looking for a pay day in July (Embiid/Simmons being locked in), it wouldn’t be surprising to see 1 of them walk. Also, the 76ers still lack in their bench depth. Look for them to sign a couple veterans after the buyout period ends.

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