Reports: Clippers deal Harris to Sixers in multiplayer deal

NBA.com Global on Feb 06, 2019 03:40 PM
Reports: Clippers deal Harris to Sixers in multiplayer deal
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)

NBA.com staff report

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.

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.

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.

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.

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