Sixers Make a Big Trade Deadline Move
Philadelphia 76ers are not playing around as they made a move very early this morning to bolster their roster. Sixers have been behind Milwaukee and Toronto all season, and they seem tired of it. National media pumps Philadelphia’s tires more than own family and said the Sixers were one big move away from being the Eastern Conference contender. We will now see if the national media is right or wrong. Sixers acquired Tobias Harris, Mike Scott and Boban Marjanovic for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and four draft picks starting in 2020 including the 2021 unprotected Miami pick.
Sources: Clippers and Sixers have agreed to trade Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, Mike Scott for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, 2020 first-rounder, 2021 unprotected 1st via Miami and two second rounders.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2019
Is this a good trade for Philadelphia? It’s a bit excessive if Harris leaves in three months. If he stays, this is a great deal. According to Woj, the plan will be to unite this Big 4 together for the future of the franchise. Harris gives Philadelphia some much-needed spacing and three-point shooting which are two things the Sixers lacked all year. How Harris handles being on a playoff contender interests me. He hasn’t played in the playoffs, nor, for many winning teams in his veteran career. This is the best team that the former first-rounder pick has been a part of in his career.
Should this scare Milwaukee and Toronto moving forward in the season? Not entirely. Here’s the thing with the Sixers loss last night to the Raptors combined with Boston and Indiana winning, Philadelphia is the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston has won 10 of their last eleven games and pushing towards the top of the Eastern Conference, therefore, Philadelphia is not a lock to even be a top three team in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee will play Philadelphia twice with Harris and crew, therefore, the Bucks should get a decent scouting report on this new-look Sixers team. Harris is a type of player that can give the Bucks issues, but they’re equipped for most players.
Much like last year, the 76ers have an easier schedule down the stretch playing the ninth-easiest group of opponents, but Milwaukee and Toronto both have easier schedules than Philly. Bucks have fourth-easiest, and the Raptors have the easiest schedule to finish out the year. It’s going to be very hard for Philadelphia to penetrate the top two seeds in the Eastern Conference.
Business has picked up the Eastern Conference.