Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Sixers acquire Tobias Harris in blockbuster trade with Clippers

Sixers acquire Tobias Harris in blockbuster trade with Clippers

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.

The Clippers are looking to clear cap space in an effort to make runs and bigger-named players in offseasons to come, but on Tuesday they took on a trio of players who combined to average better than 22 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia.

The key here is to think of this not from an overall evaluation of the trade in which they gave up a lot, but to see it as the Sixers essentially shooting a gap.

We'll continue to keep you posted on further trades in the National Basketball Association as the deadline nears tomorrow afternoon.

According to ESPN and multiple reports, the Sixers acquired Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers in a six-player trade that also involves draft picks.

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Center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott were shipped to the Sixers.

Harris, 26, averaged 20.7 points per game for the Clippers this season. At 6'9, he is a little undersized to handle some fours, but that shouldn't be much of an issue in the Eastern Conference unless the Sixers ask him to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo.

With Harris set become a free agent at season's end, the Clippers faced the prospect of getting nothing in return for him.

Sixers general manager Elton Brand traded for Butler, a four-time All-Star, earlier this season, and showed again he is not afraid to make a bold move for the win-now franchise. They'll have big decisions in the summer, when Butler and Harris are both due for free agency, but for now, they're going to be really good.

The Sixers are sending back Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, a 2020 1st-round pick, an unprotected 1st-round pick in 2021 via Miami, and 2nd-round picks in 2021 and 2023.

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