Clippers trade forward Tobias Harris to Philadelphia in six-player, four draft-pick deal
The Los Angeles Clippers are sending forward Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a six-player, four draft pick deal, the team announced Wednesday.
LA also sent center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott as part of the deal.
The Clippers restocked the roster with pieces for the future. The Sixers sent rookie guard Landry Shamet and four draft picks to the Clippers. The Sixers also traded forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala to the Clippers.
“We are excited to welcome Wilson, Mike, and Landry to the L.A. Clippers. Wilson is a veteran player we have long respected for his toughness, versatility and leadership. His hard-nosed mentality will fit right in with the rest of this group,” said president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank. “Mike is a versatile big man who has the ability to shoot the ball and space the floor.”
Frank continued, “We have also admired Landry, a first round pick from Wichita State, since last year’s draft process. He has only justified expectations. Landry quickly earned a spot in the 76ers rotation and has been the most accurate three-point shooter in this year’s rookie class. In addition to Wilson, Mike, and Landry, we obtained multiple draft assets today that will be important building blocks as we continue to carry out our long-term plan -- to construct a sustainable championship contender.”
Chandler, 31, is averaging 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 26.4 minutes this season. He holds career averages of 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 30.9 minutes across 626 appearances over his 12 year career.
Muscala, 27, is in his sixth season-- his first with the Sixers. In 47 games for Philadelphia, he averaged 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.1 minutes, well up from his production over the first five years of his career. Including his five-year tenure in Atlanta, Muscala is averaging 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds, while shooting 47 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from free-throw line in his career
Shamet, 21, has appeared in 54 games, averaging 8.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range and 81.5 percent from the free-throw line in 20.5 minutes in his rookie campaign for Philadelphia. He currently leads all 76ers players with 20 games in double-figure scoring in a reserve role.
While the Clips are receiving a lot of valuable assets, they are also giving up much production.
Harris recorded career-high averages in points (20.9), rebounds (7.9), and assists (2.7) for the Clippers this season and was named Western Conference Player of the Month for October and November. Though still not quite healed from a shoulder strain he suffered last week, made his final game with the Clippers a memorable one. He hit a running jumper in the lane with 4.3 seconds remaining to lead the Clippers past the Charlotte Hornets 117-115 on Tuesday night.
“I can’t say enough good things about Tobias Harris and the many ways he has impacted our organization. Since Tobias came to L.A. a year ago, he has been a model of professionalism, on the court and off,” said Frank. “He developed into an All-Star caliber player here, setting a standard with his work ethic and diligence. We are incredibly grateful for his contributions."
And with Tobi goes Bobi.
Marjanovic was having a career year in his first full stint with the Clips, averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 10.7 minutes. Mike Scott also provided valuable minutes off the bench, posting 4.8 points and more than three rebounds a game.
“In addition to Tobias, we will miss Boban, one of the most positive forces we have encountered in the NBA. Bobi lifted our locker room and was a game changer on the court. Like Boban, Mike Scott fit seamlessly into our team-first culture, and excelled in his role. We wish all three the best of luck in Philadelphia.”
The Sixers' four picks sent to the Clippers are: their lottery-protected 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-rounder, a 2021 second-round pick and a 2023 second-round pick.
The Clippers are 30-25 and eighth in the West and have shed the salary needed to make them attractive for major free agents in the summer.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)