Sixers General Manager Elton Brand is making a strong case for being the executive of the year in the National Basketball Association. In his first year, Brand traded for Butler, a four-time All-Star, earlier this season to bolster the Sixers for the playoffs. Now the Philadelphia 76ers have made another move just before the trade deadline ends on February 7th.
Per ESPN, The Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to terms on a blockbuster deal that sends Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott to Philly in exchange for rookie guard Landry Shamet, Philadelphia’s own 2020 protected first-round pick and an unprotected 2021 first-round pick via the Miami Heat. The Clippers also get Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala and 2021 and 2023 second-round picks to the Clippers (via the Detroit Pistons) in the trade.
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.
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Along with Butler, Harris will be a free agent this summer. Both players are in the Sixers long-term plans and they will be intent on signing both Butler and Harris in the offseason.
The L.A. Clippers are positioning themselves to be major players in 2019 free agent market. They have their eyes set on Toronto Raptors stat Kawhi Lend a native of Los Angeles in the offseason.
Harris will join Joel Embid, Ben Simmons, and Jimmy Butler making the Sixers even more formidable in the Eastern Conference. Harris is currently having his best NBA season, is averaging 20.7 points on 49 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point line.
Torrel Harris, who is the agent and father of Tobias Harris’, told The Athletic last night “Our experience with the Clippers organization was great. The fans are amazing. We exceeded expectations and were in the playoff picture all season. Tobias is having an All-Star season and his experience in LA was great.”