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    Sixers set to deepen core with Tobias Harris after agreeing deal with Clippers

    Feb 6, 2019
    PHOTO: AP

    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.

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    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.

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