In the midst of the hubbub of Anthony Davis' commercial rumors, the NBA community finally has a tangible business that excites him.
The Philadelphia 76ers have proved that they were officially engaged in a finals stage this season by acquiring striker Tobias Harris of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to an ESPN report released Wednesday morning.
Harris, 26, has his best season as a professional and could have earned his first All-Star nod. With an average of nearly 20 points and eight rebounds per game, he is now one of the best strikers of the Sixers alongside Big 3 Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler, a situation he is passionate about. (IN RELATION: the fans are not happy with the NBA who makes fun of them, again and again …)
– Tobias Harris (@ tobias31) February 6, 2019
Philadelphia also acquired striker Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic, a fan favorite, in exchange for potential All-Rookie goalie of the first team, Landry Shamet, the choice of Philadelphia's first protected round in 2020, an unguarded first-round pick of 2021 via the Miami Heat, forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala, and second-round picks 2021 and 2023 via the Detroit Pistons.
This trade makes a lot of sense for both sides. For the Clippers, this agreement not only gives them valuable choices and potential business assets, but also allows them to commit to free up space for up to two players.
They will surely target Davis and Kawhi Leonard for these two spots, both of which have expressed interest in joining the organization, according to ESPN. The Clippers started the season in strength despite an average membership, standing near the West Conference summit during the first month, proving to potential independent agents that they are no longer the ridiculous Clippers of the former.
For the Sixers, this is the second major acquisition of Sixers first year general manager Elton Brand, who took Jimmy Butler earlier this season at the Minnesota Timberwolves. His willingness to part with the majority of the team's assets shows his attachment to a win-win mentality, but putting all his eggs in this basket will likely haunt him if they fail.
Even before adding Tobias Harris, the @sixers are the only NBA team with four players with an average of at least 17.0 PPG this season. The trade reported by Harris would give them a fifth. pic.twitter.com/QUKGnR1gmX
– ESPN statistics and information (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 6, 2019
Butler and Harris are both on expiring contracts and will surely seek maximum bids during the off season. According to Philly, they plan to be aggressive in trying to sign the two long-term contracts, but as Embiid has already signed a large contract, the continuation of these two contracts may not leave much room for maneuver to complete the contract. bench.
Butler did not always seem comfortable with his role on the Sixers, and adding another high-scorer to his team would further upset him if they could not at least final of the conference.
But if they run, it's worth it. They now have one of the most powerful starting lineups in the NBA, and add an additional 43% gap to the firing team in eighth place ranked eighth, according to the basketball reference. ball, only makes them even more dangerous. Harris can play outside the ball and create his own shot when needed. There is no reason why he can not qualify with the second best team in the league.
Depth is still a major problem, especially at the goalkeeper position, but if former overall leader Markelle Fultz and rookie Zhaire Smith can come back and produce this season, this team is a must see.
The Clippers will continue to fight with the Lakers for stars, but with the media circus surrounding LeBron James and whose coach Luke Walton is broadcast by his players, do not be surprised if big free agents find red, white and white. the blue more favorable than the violet and the gold advances.