The Philadelphia 76ers have made another move in their quest to become National Basketball Association champions by trading for Los Angeles Clippers' star Tobias Harris. His game flourished ever since the Clippers acquired Harris for Blake Griffin in a trade with the Detroit Pistons last season.
Harris is averaging a career-high 20.9 points per games, plus 7.9 rebounds a game. That includes a stellar 42 percent mark from distance. Philly also gains depth at center behind Embiid in Marjanovic.
The Sixers also give up four draft picks. The Sixers are going all-in right now to lock up the Eastern Conference. Harris and Butler will both be free agents this summer.
The 76ers are 34-20 and sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.
And don't count out Brand making another bold move besides acquiring Harris. Woj added that the second-round picks were 2021 and 2023, while Ramona Shelbourne clarified some of the protections, notably that the Sixers' 2020 first-round pick is lottery protected through 2022 before converting into a pair of seconds. Coach Brett Brown refused to commit before Tuesday's win over Toronto that Fultz would be part of the playoff rotation.
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Here's hoping we get more blockbusters to shake up the league before Thursday's deadline passes. "It's not smart for me to think like (he'll be a part of the rotation)". Brand made the Butler and Harris trades without surrendering 2018 first-round pick Zhaire Smith. He hit a running jumper in the lane with 4.3 seconds remaining to lead the Clippers past the Charlotte Hornets 117-115 on Tuesday night.
LA Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.
Ultimately, this is a good move for the Clippers, since they don't need to worry about re-signing Tobias Harris and can focus on going after the bigger fish. "It's not any better or worse".
The 76ers play again Friday against Denver - and a retooled team can truly start its run toward a title.
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