PHILADELPHIA agreed to a multi-player trade with the Los Angeles Clippers that should be enough to give the 76ers the best starting five, in the East, at least.
On Wednesday, the Sixers have reached a deal to acquire Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott from the Clippers in exchange for Landy Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler and a couple of draft picks, according to a tweet by Adrian Wojnarowski.
Harris is in the middle of a career-best season and his arrival should give the 76ers a perfect piece to combine with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, JJ Redick and Jimmy Butler to form a core that's as good as any in the Eastern Conference.
Harris has averaged 20.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while shooting 42 percent from three-point land. Like Butler, he's set to become a free agent at the end of the season, but for now he should make the Sixers really good.
As for the Clippers, the deal means Doc Rivers has more or less given up on a deep playoff run this season, even if the team is in the middle of a solid 30-25 season - good for eighth in the ultra-competitive West.
But if the Clippers aren't good enough to go deep in the playoffs, Rivers perhaps prefers to go on rebuilding mode this early and four draft picks - a 2020 first-round pick as well as the Miami Heat's unprotected 2021 first-round pick included - they got from this deal will go a long way towards that goal.