With the National Basketball Association trade deadline approaching, the LA Clippers (30-25) and Philadelphia 76ers (34-20) worked out a blockbuster trade that will send forward Tobias Harris from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.
In exchange, the Clippers will get some muscle of their own in the form of Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, and Mike Muscala, plus a boatload of draft picks.
The Clippers are also making room to potentially accommodate Kawhi Leonard, the Los Angeles native, who expressed interest in playing for either of his hometown teams.
He is one of six players on the move in this trade, headlined by Tobias Harris.
"We are in the unique position to contend now and we think this trade positions us well for the postseason", 76ers General Manager Elton Brand said.
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. Harris is in the midst of a career-year, putting up 20.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while shooting over 42 percent from downtown.
A person familiar with the trade said the Sixers also acquired center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott as part of the deal.
The 76ers are 34-20 and sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. Harris and Butler both will be free agents this summer.
The Sixers did not move any of their stars to acquire Harris.
On the other end, the Clippers stockpiled some quality assets for a potential rental, especially the unprotected Miami first-round pick. Fultz has been rehabbing a bad shoulder and missed most of the season.
Harris, still not quite healed from a shoulder strain he suffered last week, made his final game with the Clippers a memorable one. Harris finished with 34 points.
"I can't say enough good things about Tobias Harris and the many ways he has impacted our organization. It's about pushing myself and battling through it, keeping my mental state at a high level to go into a game and be effective".