The Process is over. Long live the process.
The Philadelphia 76ers have pushed all their chips to the center of the table and are going for it. The Los Angeles Clippers agreed upon a trade that sends the Utah Jazz’s prized target in free agency in 2019, Tobias Harris, to the Philadelphia 76ers. The move allows the Clippers to have a ton of cap space in order to court free agents in the upcoming blockbuster summer. For the Sixers, they have an elite Big 4 of Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid. It’s the ultimate modern lineup.
Sources: Clippers and Sixers have agreed to trade Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, 2020 first-rounder, 2021 unprotected 1st via Miami and two second rounders.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2019
So dating back to last year, the Clippers basically traded Blake Griffin and his five year contract for:— Ben Mallis (@BenMallis) February 6, 2019
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
- Avery Bradley
- Landry Shamet
- 2020 Sixers first-round pick
- 2021 Miami first-round pick
- Three second rounders
That is very good work.
For Utah this might complicate the trade deadline. Tobias Harris has been seen priority #1 with many linking Utah with the stretch 4. This could be a stronger indication that the Clippers felt the NBA buzzards swirling around for Tobias. Now they don’t have to worry about losing him forever. But for Utah now they’re not trying to pry him away from a team that is angling for cap space. Now they’ll have to pry him away from a potential Eastern Conference Finals representative. Still possible, especially if Jimmy Butler goes nuclear like he’s prone to do.
In the meantime, the Los Angeles Clippers might have something that gets New Orleans interested more than a Los Angeles Lakers deal ...