Well, that just happened.
While most of the USA were still asleep (or just waking up), NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski just dropped one of his well-known “Woj Bombs”. In an effort to get even more talent for a deep playoff run, the Philadelphia 76ers have just acquired star forward Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers in a 6-player trade, along with league-wide favorite Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott.
76ers get: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott
Clippers get: Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, Landry Shamet, 2020 Unprotected 1st Round Pick, 2021 Unprotected 1st Round Pick (from MIA), two second round picks
After pulling off a trade for star forward Jimmy Butler earlier in the season, 76ers GM Elton Brand has done it again. The Philadelphia 76ers are now even scarier than before, with a starting lineup that consists of:
PG: Ben Simmons
SG: J.J. Redick
SF: Jimmy Butler
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Joel Embiid
Furthermore, Woj reports that “Philadelphia has long-term plans for Harris, Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons together.” This would mean that the 76ers plan to keep this amazing Big 4 together next offseason, even with the fact that both Harris and Butler are upcoming free agents. In addition, they’d most likely have to resign Marjanovic as well due to his close relationship with Harris, and the 76ers need for a backup big man.
This move would mean that the 76ers would have to resign veteran sharpshooter J.J. Redick for a much cheaper deal in the upcoming offseason, along with potentially trading the 2018 First Overall draft pick Markelle Fultz in order to clear enough cap space.
With this trade, the 76ers now boast one of the best starting lineups in the entire league. The team’s main problem now, is their bench depth, after giving up Muscala and Shamet, two important bench pieces for the 76ers.
Los Angeles Clippers
In what can be seen as a move to tank and clear up cap space, the Los Angeles Clippers are clearly building for the future. There have been reports that the Clippers would not have been able to keep Harris during the offseason anyway, and would rather get value for him. The Clippers have long been linked to many big-name free agents, but as of right now, their projected starting lineup includes:
PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
SG: Patrick Beverley
SF: Danilo Gallinari
PF: Wilson Chandler/Montrezl Harrell
C: Marcin Gortat
If the Clippers were to drop out of the Western Conference playoff race, they would be receiving their own draft pick back from the Celtics for this year’s NBA Draft. In addition to acquiring two future unprotected first round picks and two second round picks, the Clippers have cleared up room for some potential max free agent signings for this offseason. As mentioned before, the Clippers have long been linked to upcoming free agent stars, most notably Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers were to be successful in signing a free agent like Leonard, then this trade can be looked as a win-win for both teams involved.
What do you guys think? Who won the trade? The 76ers, or the Clippers? Let us know your thoughts down below.