Instead of trying to win an NBA championship with a Big Three, the Philadelphia 76ers are going to try to do it with a Big Four.
Boasting a core that already includes Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Jimmy Butler, the Sixers were able to strike a six-player deal with the Los Angeles Clippers that will bring rising star Tobias Harris to Philly.
Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott will join Harris in heading to the Sixers while Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, and Mike Muscala will head to LA. As part of the deal, the Clippers will also receive a protected 2020 first-round pick from the Sixers, a 2021 unprotected first-round pick via Miami, second-round picks in 2021 and 2023.
Harris, 26, is having a breakout season with the Clippers and is currently averaging 20.7 points per game while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range.
A free agent at the end of the season along with Butler, Harris was pleased with the trade and showed his appreciation with a Philadelphia scene from the opening credits of Fresh Prince.
— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) February 6, 2019
With a lineup that now includes Embiid, Simmons, Butler, Harris and JJ Redick, Philadelphia may have the best starting five in the Eastern Conference.
It’s a lineup that Philadelphia plans to keep for the foreseeable future as the team reportedly plans to re-sign Both Butler and Harris this offseason.
On the Los Angeles side of the equation, the move frees up enough salary cap space that they will be a player in free agency this offseason and also nets them future assets in the picks that could possibly be used to acquire Anthony Davis.