Just a few hours into Wednesday morning on the East Coast, the two teams reportedly agreed upon a big trade that will send Tobias Harris to the Sixers.
Per Wojnarowski, the Sixers will receive Harris, center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott. Whether the Pelicans honor that request before the deadline remains to be seen, and you can bet the Los Angeles Lakers will do all they can to make sure Dell Demps and Co.do move him before 3 p.m. on Thursday.
The 76ers added Butler in their first blockbuster trade earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, the Clippers have re-stocked their roster with pieces for the future by acquiring rookie guard Landry Shamet and four draft picks. Along with Butler, Harris will be a free agent this summer, and the Sixers plan to be aggressive in re-signing him to an extension, league sources said.
The team can see a path to the National Basketball Association championship this season and are willing to give up potential star Shandry and their draft picks.
Harris is making $14.8 million this season and will become a free agent at the end of the season. He averaging 20.9 points this season and shooting 43.4 percent from 3 while also grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The picks are the big part for the Clippers: they're receiving a 2020 first-rounder, Miami's unprotected 2021 first-round pick, and two second-round picks (2021 and 2023 per Woj).
The Pistons, who according to ESPN are offering forward Stanley Johnson for the athletic, 216cm tall Maker, are in ninth in the weak Eastern Conference and may miss the playoffs.