Reports: Clippers deal Harris to Sixers in multiplayer deal
NBA.com Global on Feb 06, 2019 03:40 PM
FILE - LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 17: Tobias Harris #34 of the LA Clippers shoots the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers on December 17, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Per late-breaking reports on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), the Clippers will send forward Tobias Harris to Philadelphia in a multiplayer deal that will also include picks.
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.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2019
Sixers sending 2021 and 2023 second-round picks to Clippers, per sources.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2019
The full trade, first outlined by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, kept coming clearer as supporting reports trickled in. Woj added that the second-round picks were 2021 and 2023, while Ramona Shelbourne clarified some of the protections, notably that the Sixers' 2020 first-round pick is lottery protected through 2022 before converting into a pair of seconds.
The 2020 Sixers pick is lottery protected for 3 years. Becomes 2 second round picks (in 23 &24) if it doesn’t convey before then. The Miami first round pick in 21 is unprotected. https://t.co/CZiRNyvr8T— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 6, 2019
And Rachel Nichols pointed out that the Clippers' 2019 pick -- sent to the Celtics via Memphis in 2016 -- is apparently lottery-protected in both the upcoming draft and 2020; it converts to a 2022 second-round pick if undelivered prior. Dealing Harris would likely lower the Clippers chances of completing their unlikely playoff push.
Wow is Tobias Harris a good fit for the Sixers.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 6, 2019
Also seems relevant: the Clippers' first-round pick this year is supposed to go to Boston...unless the Clippers don't make the playoffs.
On the Sixers side, Wojnarowski reports the team is attempting to create cap space and work the contracts to keep "a new Big 4" of Harris, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons intact beyond the impending free agencies of the former two stars. Embiid is on the first year of a contract extension, and Simmons is on year three of his rookie deal.