Amid the whirlwind of Anthony Davis trade rumors, the National Basketball Association community finally has a tangible trade to be excited about.
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. Fans Aren't Happy About The NBA Snubbing Worthy All-Stars ...
The Los Angeles Clippers have traded Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott to the Philadelphia 76ers for Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, a 2020 first-round pick, an unprotected 2021 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat), and two second-round picks (2021 and 2023), league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The trade is clearly a play to make room for a superstar in the future but the implications are minimal in the immediate and put the team in position for present and future success. The pick had previously been sent to the Phoenix Suns as part of a trade centered around guard Goran Dragic, before being re-routed to the 76ers along with Zhaire Smith in exchange for Mikal Bridges on draft day last summer. They had also expressed interest in Orlando Magic wing Terrence Ross. The Clippers started this season off strong despite an average roster, hovering around the top spot in the Western Conference through the first month, proving to potential free agents they're no longer the laughable Clippers of old.
For first-year Sixers general manager Elton Brand, it is the second significant deal of the season - bringing Harris and Butler into the Sixers' lineup.
The Pistons, who according to ESPN are offering forward Stanley Johnson for the athletic, 216cm tall Maker, are in ninth in the weak Eastern Conference and may miss the playoffs.
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Irving could have said nothing, but he didn't. "I can't think that way". "I feel like Kyrie likes it in Boston", Ainge said. "I'm going to carry that for a while".