By Lewis Gould
The Sixers have made a blockbuster trade that general manager Elton Brand hopes will propel them over the hump in the Eastern Conference.
They have agreed on a deal with the L. A. Clippers that sends 26-year-old forward Tobias Harris to Philly to create a Big Four with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler.
to pursue an Eastern Conference title, league sources told ESPN.
The Sixers are giving up rookie guard Landry Shamet, their own 2020 protected first-round pick and an unprotected 2021 first-round pick via the Miami Heat, league sources told ESPN.
The Sixers also sent forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala and 2021 and 2023 second-round picks to the Clippers (via the Detroit Pistons) in the trade, sources said.
Center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott were shipped to the Sixers.
For first-year GM Brand, it is the second significant deal of the season — bringing Harris and Butler into the Sixers’ lineup. 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.
Harris is having his best NBA season, averaging 20.7 points on 49 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point line.
The Sixers traded for the Miami pick on draft night, a selection that originally was included in the Phoenix Suns’ acquisition of Goran Dragic in 2014.