By Art Beitchman

Since being named general manager of the 76ers last September, Elton Brand and his staff have been transforming the roster into a championship-caliber team.

Trading for Jimmy Butler in November was his first big move, shipping inconsistent Robert Covington and Dario Saric to the T’Wolves.

Next on his to-do list was a true power forward stretch 4, so Brand made a trade deadline deal with the LA Clippers, acquiring Tobias Harris, C Boban Marjanovic and F Mike Scott.

This deal gives the roster a true 3-point threat with Harris shooting 43% from distance. Boban gives the team a much better defensive presence when Embiid rests on the bench. Scott gives them a good 3 & D guy playing with the second unit.

In separate deals, Brand traded for another 3 & D player from the Rockets in 6-7 James Ennis III.

Almost lost in the shuffle was Markelle Fultz being shipped to obscurity to the Orlando Magic’s roster. Brand was able to trim Fultz $9M waste of money off the books, he also was able to get back a couple of draft picks and forward Jonathon Simmons for the bench.

There are still buy-out’s happening around the league to possibly bring in more talent.

Much work still needs to be done, getting a new starting five meshing doesn’t happen overnight, they will have the final 24 games remaining after the All-Star break to fine tune their defensive rotations, and familiarity playing together as the 2019 NBA playoffs approach, Brand has done his part, now the players and coaches need to step up their games on the court.

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