The Philadelphia 76ers have done it again. (Woj) bomb fell just a few hours later Toronto Raptors beat Sixers 119-107 on Tuesday night, with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported that Philly had swung their second major deal in the NBA season – this comes just one day before Thurdays trade deadline.
It is a fairly mammoth movement that few would have seen coming, and one that has great implications both in the east and around the NBA. Here's a look at the fallout of this amazing blockbuster deal:
What that means for Philadelphia
There are no more powerful trade chips than draft assets, and 76ers utilized their evidence of choice to make this deal happen, sending two second round picks and a few first rounds to Clippers in exchange for Harris. The 2021 unprotected Miami Heat pick, which acquired L.A. is the most valuable of the pile, and could be a top three caliber pick if Miami's regression continues as expected.
But for a team that wants to fight for a championship in the near future, it is a worthy risk.
Harris is wildly underrated and in the middle of his best season to date, a career high of 20.9 points and eight rebounds per game averaging while shooting 49.6 percent from the field. His stay at L.A was short, after being traded to Clippers as part of the Blake Griffin deal with Detroit this year last year. Just 26, he is already eight seasons in his career and seemed to have turned a corner this year and evolved into a complete modern power forward. Just a few hours before he was treated, he hit this game winner over Charlotte:
In addition, he should be a great fit at Sixers, who will play well with the center Joel Embiid in Philly start line. Harris shoots over 43% In addition to the bow this season and will help give more space to Embiid to operate in paint where he is most effective, while giving his new team a truly versatile offensive weapon capable of swinging between to be a go-to score and free threat.
76ers has a seriously potent start in Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid – probably the best in the East.
But now they need a bench. Ironically, this agreement comes only four days after the Sixers head coach Brett Brown declared to journalists that "the depth is the Holy Grail". His team has less of it than ever after following this deal after trading with key beneficiaries in Wilson Chandler, chief Mike Muscala and promising rookie shooter Landry Shamet. They achieved low-post depths in the form of Boban Marjonavic and Mike Scott, who were a handful for Raptors in the first round of the playoffs last season when he was with the Washington Wizards. Expect Philly to be particularly active on the buyout market.
You can also expect them to make driving to the first place in the East significantly harder now thanks to the addition of Harris.
What that means to the east
Needless to say, the competition became much harder.
For the four teams currently in front of them in the Eastern Conference Positions, there should be legitimate concern that fifth-place Sixers are catching up with them. Only one game left of a top-four seed and six games left of the first place, gives Philadelphia a good chance of pushing a top seed when the playoff stroke is approaching.
The Indiana Pacers are in danger of losing all-star guard Victor Oladipo to injury. Boston Celtics has run hot and cold this season, and before their current 9-1 streak has underperformed expectations so far. In the meantime, the raptors have been underwhelmed as too late, despite an impressive 39-16 record Kyle Lowry is the recent question mark hanging over the team.
Harris's trade now provides an even more interesting playoff race, and gives the Philadelphia firework to make a legitimate race by reaching the finals.
What that means to the West
The Clippers was an early surprise in the NBA this season, on a stretch of first place in the West thanks to Harris's career year. They have since cooled down, and at 30-25 am in eighth at the conference.
After losing their best player and not getting any "winning now" players in return, one can expect Clippers to dive in the positions (which should open the door for more playing time for Canadian novice Shai Gilgeous-Alexander).
With the rocks trending downwards, it opens the playoff door for a couple of teams that have stood still in the late days. Sacramento Kings, Roster-TBD Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves and even the Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks, who are no longer, all have a stronger shot at making the off season as a result of this trade.
What that means for Raptors
How will Raptors react? Aside from establishing tougher competition eastward, this deal can also turn on a fire under Raptor's brass, which has seen their teams look lethal than ever during the past month.
The team has already been actively engaged in trade talks leading up to Thursday's deadline, with links to home-round goals such as Anthony Davis, Kristaps Porzingis and most recently Mike Conley Jr. and Marc Gasol. It should not come as any surprise as the potentially short window could reach the finals – which could be as short as a season should Kawhi Leonard departs in the free office this summer. The raptors already had plenty of reasons to make a splash ahead of Thursday and acquire another big-name talent to help maximize Leonard's time here.
The Harris deal puts the ball in Toronto's court to respond and loosen its own roster and with only one extra day to do so before the trading deadline.
What that means for this low season
Sixers are set to have the most cap space in a team this low season, and are scheduled to rewrite both Butler and Harris. Should they rewrite in Philadelphia, the two will await franchisees help solidify the club's status as a multi-year threat in the East. Throw in the continued development of Embiid and Simmons, and this is a daunting notion of the concept's outlook.
The deal is surprising on Clipper's front if only because Harris provided some sort of insurance, they must swing and miss tent-free agent targets for this low season. However, given their apparent obvious chastisement of Raptors & # 39; Leonard and large charts of drawing superstar talent for the organization, the agreement to unleash race space is sensible as the draft selects the profession to help cover some of the risks that is associated with building a low season plan around the free agency.
The clamps are now expected to have room to sign a few big name stars and will be aggressive in following Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and, of course, Leonard, as they aim to rebuild their image entirely of one of these stars.