You remember all those “this NBA trade is a win-win for both teams” rants of mine in the past? After examining the Tobias Harris trade, I’m gonna scratch that idea today.
In case y’all missed it, the Philadelphia 76ers got Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott (who?) from the Los Angeles Clippers for Wilson Chandler, a 2020 first round pick, Miami’s unprotected 2021 first round pick, two second rounders, and a couple of tomato cans.
A lot of people are praising the Clippers for stockpiling their treasure chest full of high draft picks and cap space in hopes of landing a max player or two next season, I’m taking a hard pass on that one. As we’ve seen the last few seasons and offseasons, none of that shit is guaranteed.
Remember we all thought that Paul George was gonna leave OKC for the Lakers? I thought so.
On the other hand, Philly has gotten exponentially better.
The 76ers have a legit Big Four with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and Harris. Harris also gives Philly a much-needed legit three-point shooter to go along with JJ Redick.
And most importantly, there are rumblings that the Sixers will be looking to re-sign both Butler AND Harris to new big contracts in the off-season. If Philly could pull that off, this team is now a legit threat to rule the Eastern Conference this season and in future seasons to come.
I never thought I’d see myself type this when they were ranking season after season after season, but they Sixers have done a nice job in personnel moves as of late.