76ers Receive: Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott Clippers Receive: Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, 2020 1st Rounder, 2021 Unprotected 1st rounder via Miami Heat, 2021 and 2023 2nd Round picks from 76ers
Breakdown: In my opinion, I think the Philadelphia 76ers easily won this trade. The big reason for the Clippers to part ways with their best player Tobias Harris had to do with the draft picks but they aren’t as good as you think. If you check drafts over the years, they are never deep, that meaning 2nd round picks are useless most of the time unless you hit a rare diamond in the rough. With that being said, the first round picks rarely turn out to be anything today unless you have a lottery pick, and sometimes those don’t even pan out.
Lets get into the players both teams received and talk about how this trade affects them:
76ers New Players: Let’s start with Tobias Harris since he’s the key to this trade. The reason I think the Sixers won this trade is that Harris is currently having the best season of his 8-year career. He is averaging 20 PPG/8RPG/2APG and now is the 4th all-star caliber player joining the likes of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Jimmy Butler. They instantly have one of the strongest starting lineups in the league. This is more wishful thinking but I can only hope Boban Marjanovic gets minutes. I’m thinking how dominant it would be when Embiid heads to the bench and the 7’3 big man checks in, defenses wouldn’t be able to catch a break. Hopefully, he is the backup center for the Sixers for the rest of the season. As far as Mike Scott, I’m not expecting him to see more than 10-12 minutes a game, so not worth writing about.
Clippers New Players: The big get for me is Landry Shamet. The rookie from Wichita State has been a nice surprise this season, as he was averaging 8.3 PPG/1.4 RPG/1.1 APG coming off the bench for the 21-year-old. My only concern for his development is that Shamet is going to have to fight for minutes behind fellow rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Avery Bradley, Lou Williams, and Patrick Beverly. Although the Clippers did the trade for picks, Shamet is a solid add, they just need to make sure he is in the rotation. As for Wilson Chandler, don’t be surprised if he is traded once again or simply bought out because he is not a fit for this younger Clippers unit. He was nothing more than a salary filler for this trade to work out. Muscala is interesting because he shined in some starts for the Sixers earlier this season. Unlike Chandler, I’m expecting Muscala to have a role with the clippers and compete with Mbah a Moute moving forward.
Overall: it’s a clear “tank” move for the Clippers, or even better, creates a ton of salary space by moving Tobias Harris, gives them a chance to offer a max this offseason to players like Anthony Davis or Kawhi Leonard. This move also puts the 76ers in the contender’s spot of the league. Harris offering his premier scoring ability with the upside to pop off from the 3-point lines on some nights, I think he is a great fit for the 76ers team. Cant wait to see what other trades shake out throughout the week!