Clippers Trade Tobias Harris to Sixers

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The Clippers could well miss out on going to the postseason with the assets they had before the trade, and locking up a promising rookie, future assets along with some expiring contracts sets them up to be big players in free agency. Averaging almost 20 points and eight rebounds per game, he's now one of the Sixers best forwards alongside the Big 3 of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler, a situation he's clearly excited about. Harris, 26, leads the Clippers in scoring at 20.9 points per game and rebounding at 7.9 boards per game.

While the Sixers do lose some depth in the deal, they also add a top-tier starter along with a strong backup center in Marjanovic and a stretch-four in Scott.

We'll continue to keep you posted on further trades in the National Basketball Association as the deadline nears tomorrow afternoon.

The big return for the Clippers comes with those picks. Those are all career-highs for the eight-year veteran who was drafted out of Tennessee by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2011 with the 19th overall pick in and traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a draft-night deal.

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Harris is ready for the move - he tweeted on Wednesday morning a GIF from the opening credits of the 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air showing Will Smith's character playing basketball. Harris and Butler both will be free agents this summer.

Philadelphia also acquired forward Mike Scott and 7-foot-3 fan-favorite Boban Marjanovic in exchange for potential First-Team All-Rookie guard Landry Shamet, Philadelphia's own 2020 protected first-round pick, an unprotected 2021 first-round pick via the Miami Heat, forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala, and 2021 and 2023 second-round picks via the Detroit Pistons.

The Sixers are 34-20 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

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